Yes! Red wine with dinner is good for you
Italians traditionally drink wine with dinner as part of the local cuisine. Scientists, who were baffled that Italians could consume alcohol regularly yet suffer from fewer negative health impacts than Americans, began to look at whether red wine actually has positive health benefits. The answer is yes!
Here are some findings:
Red wine contains resveratrol
Resveratrol is an antioxidant found in grapes, meaning moderate red wine consumption gives drinkers anti-inflammatory benefits. So moderate red wine consumption can lower the risk of heart disease, certain cancers, and other diseases caused by oxidative stress and inflammation. It is worth noting that because resveratrol is a component of grapes specifically, other forms of alcohol do not contain it.
Red wine may lower your cholesterol
Red wine has been shown to lower levels of LDL cholesterol, the ‘bad’ cholesterol that clogs your arteries. In addition to that, red wines can also help increase levels of HDL, the ‘good’ cholesterol. The end result is lower blood pressure and a lower risk of a heart attack.
Red wine can increase brain function
A daily glass or two of red wine has been shown to decrease the rate of neuronal death and actively improve brain function. This means red wine really can make you smarter. It also means red wine may protect you from dementia and degenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s.
Red wine may reduce your risk of cancer
Lower risks of colon cancer, prostate cancer, and breast cancer have all been linked to moderate red wine consumption. Resveratrol’s antioxidant properties help protect your cells from becoming damaged, which is key in preventing tumors from forming. The types of cancer prevented by red wine appear to be particularly aggressive in advanced forms, as well.
Red wine may lower type 2 diabetes risk
Insulin insensitivity caused by diet is the main cause of type 2 diabetes. Red wine consumption in moderation has been linked to better insulin sensitivity, thus reducing the risk of developing the disease. It is also linked to lower obesity, another risk factor for type 2 diabetes.
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