May 2022. This article is independently written by Shelby Golding. All opinions given are hers. Shelby has been certified as a personal trainer and nutritional specialist since 2007. In 2008, she found her passion for writing about these topics and hasn't looked back.
5 Reasons to Sip a Glass of Vino
1. Protects Your Heart
The antioxidants in wine are a naturally occurring byproduct of fermenting with grape skins. Since red wine sits on the skins for longer, red wine contains more antioxidants than white or rose. The antioxidants in red wine are called polyphenols, but one in particular, resveratrol, has received attention for its potential health benefits.
Research shows that resveratrol might prevent blood clots and reduce LDL cholesterol. High levels of LDL cholesterol increase your risk of heart attack and stroke. At the same time, wine increases HDL cholesterol levels, which absorbs harmful cholesterol and carries it to the liver for disposal.
2. Promotes Longevity
Resveratrol has both antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Antioxidants prevent cell damage by fighting free radicals in the body. Free radicals are the natural byproduct of certain body functions, such as our metabolism or exposure to outside factors like air pollution and industrial chemicals. A diet high in antioxidants is thought to counter these effects and extend living organisms' lives.
One self-reported study on alcohol consumption conducted in Europe showed that people who drank moderately had fewer inflammatory markers than those who did not drink. This implies that wine promotes longevity and increases the quality of life as you age by reducing pain and risk of disease.
3. Reduces Inflammation
By adding anti-inflammatory food and drink to your diet, you can effectively counteract the adverse effects of inflammation, reducing the symptoms of the disease. Research on the anti-inflammatory benefits of wine is ongoing. Some studies suggest that wine reduces inflammation, and others do not show a marked difference.
Of all the alcoholic beverages you could choose, wine certainly does the most to reduce inflammation. However, excessive consumption of any alcohol increases inflammation, so be sure to stick to the recommended limits.
4. Helps Maintain Your Waistline
Again, studies on the health benefits of wine are conflicting. For example, one study on the effects of wine on people's blood sugar with obesity showed no improvement compared to the control group. Meanwhile, other studies showed a pronounced difference in insulin sensitivity and glycemic status.
Excess sugar in the bloodstream causes your body to put it into storage naturally. Sugar is stored in the liver and muscles but also fat. Over time, the extra sugar causes weight gain. By regulating blood sugar levels, wine could potentially keep your body from holding onto excess sugar by storing it in fat.
If you're trying to lose weight, red wine contains less sugar than white and rose. Red wine contains about 0.9 grams per serving, while white contains about 1.4 grams per serving.
5. Improves Memory
The participants who drank wine showed evidence of cognitive improvement, including an improved ability to problem solve and think on the spot. However, drinking an excess of wine has been linked to cognitive decline. Therefore, moderation and responsible drinking habits are essential for wine's health benefits.
The Wine Ritual
Particular wines pair well with specific foods, and you can make the whole experience more about trying wine instead of drinking alcohol. So next time you choose a drink, consider these five health benefits of wine and make the healthier choice for your body!
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