5 Health Benefits for the Mindful Wine Drinkers
The next time you pour yourself a glass of wine after a long day, you can de-stress with the added peace of mind that wine is scientifically and spiritually packed with health benefits.
Before you run over the wine fridge, cellar or store, you must understand that wine carries health benefits in moderation - a bottle a day will not keep the doctor away. However, researchers around the globe have great news for wine lovers, a single glass of wine a day could strengthen your heart, improve your memory, fight against disease and much more!
Here are 5 reasons to pour yourself a glass of wine tonight:
1. A Healthier Heart
Red red wine… yes, it’s a classic song that gets your feet moving, but that red red wine is also a delicious treat that gets your heart pumping! Resveratrol is an antioxidant found in grapes. This key ingredient in red wine is believed to help protect the lining of blood vessels surrounding the heart, reduces low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (aka bad cholesterol) and prevents blood clots.
Important to note, resveratrol is found in the skin of grapes. And because red wine is fermented longer with grape skins than white wine, more resveratrol is found in red wines.
Don’t feel like consuming alcohol but want to reap the benefits, add some organic grapes to your diet.
2. Reduces Risk of Cancer
Recent studies have found that consuming red wine can reduce the risk of getting breast cancer, colon cancer and prostate cancer.
Breast Cancer: Not only is it believed that the resveratrol found in red wine can help build and maintain a healthy heart, but this polyphenol compound is also thought to kill cancer cells by cutting off their pathway to healthy cells.
Colon Cancer: Research shows that moderate consumption of wine can reduce the risk of colon cancer by 50 percent.
Prostate Cancer: A study from Harvard Men’s Health Watch found that men who drink between 4 and 7 glasses of wine a week have a 52 percent less of a chance of developing prostate cancer than men who do not drink wine.
3. Improve Brain Function
Wine is good for your memory!? No, this isn’t an exhibit at Ripley’s Believe It or Not museum. A study shows that the antioxidants found in wine can improve a person’s short-term memory. Research found that people who consume alcohol after studying something new (whether educational, experiential or emotional) have a better recall of the information they learnt.
4. Increase Bone Density
Sticks and stones may break your bones, but wine can actually make them stronger. Whether you feel it or not, your bones are constantly changing and remodelling themselves. Much like the remodelling process of a home, to build up one section you must take down another. In your body, this is called a bone turnover process. Consuming a moderate amount of wine per week has proven to reduce the turnover process. As we age, the turn over process is tougher on our bodies, especially for women who’ve reached menopause and don’t naturally create enough estrogen to ease the bone remodelling process.
5. A Total Gut Check
Put down that Kombucha and raise that glass of wine! No, you don’t need to swap one for the other, the point is that fermented foods and drinks have undeniable health benefits for your digestive system. That delicious wine you love is packed with probiotics, enzymes, omega fatty acids, and B-vitamins - all things you need to keep your gut in check and your immune system flying high.
Many of the benefits of wine can be found in many non-alcoholic alternatives, such as foods or supplements. If you’re interested in learning how those will benefit or effect you personally, consult a medical professional you trust. Keep in mind that drinking too much wine can have an adverse effect on your mind, body and soul. Please remember to wander well, wander safe and please drink responsibly.