I have always thought staying away from alcohol was the best choice in being healthy. However, many studies have recently been done of the good effects that red wine has on a person. Clearly you still want to drink in moderation but let’s take a look at all the things a glass of wine here and there might actually help us out with!
It can thin your blood and dilate arteries making blood flow easier which in turn lowers your risk of heart attack and strokes. Polyphenols are also found in wine and these plant compounds shield our cardiovascular system from free radicals like pollution or second hand smoke. Wine also has resveratrol which is found on grape skins and is considered a natural anti-microbial and antioxidant. Resveratrol can help reduce the risk of cholesterol formation, coronary heart disease and blood clotting. There have also been studies trying to claim resveratrol as being an anti-aging miracle- don’t get your hopes up to much about this though, the evidence is pretty shaking! Flavonoids are also found in wine, which like resveratrol contain antioxidants that can help fight the free radicals.
Wine is also one of the most calorie friendly drinks and to top it all off your wine could actually kill the bad bacteria in your mouth. Who needs mouthwash, right?! So, although wine is still an alcoholic beverage and you should drink responsibly, I don’t see a reason why you can’t indulge in a glass of red wine here and there, after all your health may thank you for it!