Cheers: Some studies report benefits of regular wine drinking. Although there are some differences between genders — one five-ounce glass of wine has been suggested for women as opposed to the two glasses for men — wine has been found to have positive side effects.
1. Antioxidants. Wine color: White or red
White wine contains the same or more antioxidants as red wine, which attacks free radicals such as those that cause cancer.
2. Immune system. Color: Any
Wine can help balance the immune system, but too much can have the opposite effect.
3. Bone Density. Color: Red
Dietary silicon, thought to be beneficial for bone formation and health, is found in red wine. This can help fight against diseases such as osteoporosis.
4. Cognitive function. Color: Red
Red wine can prevent neurons in the brain from dying and help slow diseases like dementia, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.
5. Longevity. Color: Any
Resveratrol found in wine has been shown to activate an anti-aging agent in the body.
6. General Health. Color: Red
Wine in moderation can aid in the prevention of blood clotting and lower the risk of strokes. Although this is more beneficial to women, there are other benefits for both genders. One study showed that consistent consumption of red wine enhanced blood vessel health, lowering the risk of heart disease. Red wine can also help lower cholesterol. Resveratrol can improve sensitivity to insulin, reducing the risk of type 2 diabetes. The risk of colon, prostrate and breast cancers have been found to be reduced by drinking wine.
A glass a day might actually keep the doctor away, but moderation is key. Drink responsibly!