Drinking excessive amounts of alcohol isn’t good for anyone; however, having a glass of wine a day does prove to have some positive health benefits according to recent research. From keeping your heart healthy to improving your skin, here are just some of the benefits that wine has to offer.
Cuts Risk of Heart Disease
You’ve probably heard that wine, specifically red wine, may help to reduce the risk of heart disease when consumed in moderation, and it’s true. Wine contains flavonoids with antioxidant properties, such as resveratrol, which protects the lining of your arteries allowing your blood to flow the way it’s supposed to. Red wine possesses a higher resveratrol content than white, but both white and red are heart healthy.
Raises Your “Good” Cholesterol
Wine is known for helping to boost your HDL cholesterol levels– the “good” kind of cholesterol that helps to clear the arteries of deposits and reduces the chances of blood clotting. The medical journal Annals of Medicine recommends drinking 5 oz. of red wine a day to reap the benefits.
Helps Lower Blood Pressure
Those with hypertension and who suffer from high blood pressure can also benefit from moderate wine consumption, but only if you’re following a healthy diet and getting plenty of exercise. Drinking wine on it’s own may help lower blood pressure to a degree, but adding it into an active lifestyle is ideal for increased blood circulation and overall health.
Prevent Chronic Kidney Disease
Drinking a little less than a glass of wine a day has shown in recent studies to help prevent chronic kidney disease by helping to reduce the proteins found in urine, an increase in urine protein has been linked to progressed kidney disease. People with healthy kidneys are 37% less likely to develop chronic kidney disease than those who didn’t drink at all.
May Reduce Mouth Bacteria
Could red wine really be good for your teeth and gums? The answer is yes, according to a new study published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry. They found that red wine (and even red wine without alcohol) contains natural antimicrobial properties that curbed the growth of oral biofilm.
Resveratrol, the same substance that makes wine so heart healthy, turns out to be a great anti-aging element. Used as a facial mask at spas around the world, red wine is quickly becoming a go-to ingredient for those who want to fill in fine lines and wrinkles naturally, without the help of harsh chemicals.
Pro Tips: How to Pair Wine with Food
- White wines pair with fish and seafood, while red wines pair with red meats.
- Sparkling wines and champagne go well with salty snacks.
- Wines like Sauvignon Blanc go with tart sauces and salad dressings.
- Rieslings are great when paired with a spicy dish.
- Pair Malbec with BBQ for a flavorful match.
- Sweet wines like white Moscato are perfect for desserts.
- Try a dry rose with your favorite cheese.