Before you start digesting this tasty article, we would like to let you know it’s perfectly fine to pair it up with a fine tall glass of red wine. Yes, you have our professional blessing. We’ll be educating you on the immense benefits of sipping on red wine and of course, the healthy and responsible way to go about it.

Emerging research continues to suggest that drinking wine in moderation — about a glass per day — offers several benefits.

What type of wine is most beneficial to your health?

Many people wonder about the differences between red and white wine.

Unfortunately, more research on white wine is needed, as most studies analyzing the benefits of drinking wine has focused on the beneficial properties of red wine.

Red wine has been widely acknowledged for its high concentration of resveratrol, a potent antioxidant found in grape skins.

In fact, red wine has up to 10 times more resveratrol than white wine.

Potential benefits of drinking wine

There are several benefits to drinking a glass of wine.

Some research suggests that drinking wine in moderation provides antioxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits that may improve your gut bacteria and boost your heart health, mental health, and longevity.

Before we go deeper into the health benefits though, let’s talk pour size. It can be hard to gauge what an appropriate pour size is given the varying sizes and shapes of wine glasses. While we may love our oversized wine glasses, medical experts don’t consider that a proper pour.

A proper glass of wine is a 5-ounce pour. And when we say “moderate drinking”, that means what is clinically considered to be healthy. For women, it’s one glass a day and for men it’s two. It’s very important to maintain a balance so as to not end up staggering or getting forced to walk in a straight line by the cops later at night. Now, to the juicy benefits;

Drinking Wine Helps Keep Our Hearts Healthy

Since ancient times, cardiovascular diseases (CVD) have become a known, life-threatening problem for the world.

According to World Health Organization (WHO), up to the present time, many people are still dying annually from CVD than from any other diseases and it has been the number 1 cause of mortality and morbidity all around the globe.

Many researchers have shown that the intake of polyphenols is associated with a reduced risk of CVD. Wines contain polyphenols which can be actively found in flavonoids that also have putative antioxidant properties.


Slower Aging and Potentially Increased Lifespan

You may have heard the claim that something in red wine slows aging and can increase lifespan. There have been a number of studies on this topic in recent years.

Several studies have proven that the resveratrol in particular can actually turn on the expression of certain genes linked to longevity. It can also reduce some of the damage caused by the natural aging process, particularly as it concerns the heart. Although longer lifespan is associated with red wine consumption, more research is needed to determine the extent to which the human lifespan is affected.

Drinking Wine Can Give You Healthier Skin

High levels of antioxidants in wine, when applied directly to the skin can inhibit the growth of acne-causing bacteria and are beneficial in maintaining healthy skin. Antioxidants rejuvenate the skin, increase skin elasticity and keep the skin bright and glowing.

In consuming wine as a drink, wine can stimulate blood circulation that can prevent wrinkle formation and skin aging. However, when one drinks in excess, it makes hormone flow lose its balance and may cause skin dehydration and aggravate the chances of acne.

Wine Can Protect Our Teeth Against Dental Plaque

Wine may help prevent dental caries by inhibiting the growth of certain bacteria found in oral biofilm according to researches done by American Chemical Society. Wine can slow down the growth of bacteria that can cause cavities.

Polyphenols, wine, and grape seed extract can slow down the growth of bacteria responsible for the formation of plaque and tooth decay. Though red wine can help reduce these bacteria, optimal oral health still results from daily dental hygiene.

Brushing, flossing and regular visits to the dentist are still the best recommendations, but including wine into your diet can increase your defenses against dozens of possible teeth and gum diseases.

Reduced Inflammation

Part of red wine’s heart health benefit comes from it’s ability to reduce inflammation in the body, but there are other implications for inflammation reduction. A study published in the American Journal of Biomedical Sciences found that red wine consumption also helped protect patients against the inflammatory response associated with various serious infections. This could potentially reduce long term damage from an elevated immune response in the body.


Potential downsides

Excessive alcohol intake can be harmful. Binge drinking and consuming high amounts of alcohol is associated with negative health outcomes

In fact, an average of 87, 798 people die in the United States each year due to excessive alcohol consumption. This accounts for 1 in 10 deaths for adults between the ages of 20 and 64.

Heavy alcohol consumption poses several health risks, including an increased risk of certain cancers, diabetes, heart disease, liver and pancreatic diseases, as well as unintentional injury.

A recent analysis of studies found the optimal daily intake of wine to be 1 glass (150 ml) for women and 2 glasses (300 ml) for men as earlier highlighted. Drinking this moderate amount of wine is associated with health benefits, while drinking more than that may impact your health.

Additionally, certain individuals should abstain from alcohol, including minors, pregnant women, and individuals on certain medications.

Benefits in Moderation

There’s little doubt that red wine has many health benefits, but those benefits only apply if you drink wine in moderation. Understanding the potential health benefits and the amount of red wine that can help is essential for making smart decisions about whether regular wine consumption is something you want to include in your healthy diet.

So with this newfound knowledge, you can walk through the convenience store with your head up high without fearing judgment when you grab that bottle of wine to compliment your dinner after a long day. But remember, less is always more. Cheers!

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