Tasty But Healthy: 6 Surprising Health Benefits of Wine
There aren’t many drinks as popular and versatile as wine. You can drink it, obviously, cook with it and even use it for cleaning purposes, although it is hard to understand why anyone will look at wine and have cleaning as the thing to come to mind.
Wine has been around for centuries now. People have been buying wine and drinking wine to celebrate important occasions, get over heartache, and everything else that falls in the middle. And while no one really needs a reason to pour themselves a glass and enjoy, the benefits of drinking wine goes beyond its taste and how well it goes with the food. Below are some of the health benefits of drinking wine, in moderation of course.
1. Live Longer
A small lesson in science to begin with. Grape skin and juice have a powerful antioxidant. Without going into more details, the antioxidants help our bodies fight radicals that cause damage to our cells and organs. With moderate wine consumption, you are, in a way, helping your body fight the effects of ageing and ensure you live longer. You will also be happier because you will be living longer, which means more wine days.
2. Healthy Heart
More people across the globe die of heart diseases than any other disease. Research has shown that intake of polyphenols directly impact your heart health, thus reducing the chances of cardio-vascular diseases. And guess which beloved drink contains these polyphenols? You guessed it – wine! Research suggests that drinking 1 to 2 drinks per day goes a long way in keeping your heart in a healthy state. There’s more. Wine is also found to decrease the levels of bad cholesterol in the body and preventing the formation of blood clots, all great news for your heart.
3. Glowing skin
Who doesn’t want glowing skin? And who doesn’t want to drink wine? If you haven’t already guessed where this is going, here are the details. As already established, wine contains antioxidants. These antioxidants can reduce the growth of acne-causing bacteria when the wine is applied to your skin. The antioxidants breathe fresh life into your skin by increasing its elasticity and keeping it bright and glowing. Also, drinking wine is known to stimulate blood circulation which helps prevent your skin from drying.
4. Curb Type-2 Diabetes
People suffering from diabetes, in simple terms, are unable to control their blood sugar levels. This is because the body does not generate enough insulin to regulate the sugar levels. Many people with type-2 Diabetes are advised to consume wine in moderate levels as it helps lower the blood sugar levels in the body for up to 24 hours. As always, the intake has to be in moderation and the blood sugar levels need to be closely moderated.
5. Fighting Cancer
Cardio Vascular Diseases are the number one cause of death in the world. Cancer comes in second. Cancer is, quite simply, the transformation of normal, healthy cells into tumor cells. The antioxidants present in wine have found to prevent cell damage, thus fighting the main cause of cancer. The antioxidants are known to not only fight cancer cells, but also impact the effectiveness of cancer treatments such as radiation and chemotherapy. Drinking wine in moderation also reduces the chances of cancerous growth in the colon area.
6. Fighting Fatty Liver Disease
Last science class for the day. There are two kinds of fatty liver diseases – one that is caused due to large intake of alcohol and one which is closely related to obesity. Drinking wine in sensible quantities ensures you will stay away from the first kind and will reduce your chances of getting the second to half.
And there you have it. Wine is great not just for great conversations and meals, but also for your health. Cheers to that!