Raise a glass! Yesterday was National Drink Wine Day, and the long list of vino benefits is definitely something to celebrate.
Numerous studies have shown that drinking red wine (in moderation) can be a healthy part of our diet.
Red wine contains antioxidants called polyphenols, which according to the Mayo Clinic, can “help protect the lining of blood vessels in your heart.” So for those who consume light to moderate amounts of wine might experience some of its health benefits.
The Mayo Clinic has reported that one specific polyphenol named Resveratrol, that’s found in red wine, may help “prevent damage to blood vessels, reduce low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol (the “bad” cholesterol) and prevent blood clots.”
Resveratrol is a compound that some plants produce to fight off bacteria and fungi, and to protect against ultraviolet (UV) irradiation, as defined by Medical News Daily.
Centuries back, wine was used treat a number of different health conditions. Medieval monasteries were convinced that monks lived longer than everyone else partly because of their moderate, regular consumption of wine. In recent years, science has indicated that this could be true, according to Medical News Today.
Red wine has also shown to levels of omega-3 fatty acids in plasma and red blood cells. These are usually what we get from fish that protects against heart disease.
Studies have also shown that doses of Resveratrol can reduce the size of bowel tumors, by different amounts depending on the dose. So wine could actually play a part in preventing colon cancer. However, experts note that the negative effects of alcohol (it’s strongly linked to several types of cancer) will probably outweigh the preventative properties of the compound.
Some other cancer related benefits of wine include preventing breast, lung, prostate cancer, and even preventing liver disease.
Red wine may also prevent prevent cavities by getting rid of bacteria on our teeth according to research published in 2014, in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry (ACS).
Also, due to Resveratrol’s antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, it may also be a big help in treating acne.
For more details on all these benefits, check out the list on Medical Daily Daily.
Of course these benefits would only apply to moderate drinking. The United States (U.S.) Dietary Guidelines 2015 to 2020 define moderate drinking as: “Up to one drink per day for women, and up to two drinks per day for men, and only by adults of legal drinking age.