With so many reports and articles explaining reasons why we shouldn’t be drinking wine, it is easy to forget that our favourite alcoholic beverage to pair with food does actually have certain benefits to our health, when consumed in moderation, of course.
- Fight off that flu
While you should still ensure that you’re eating well and giving your body the right amount of vitamins, drinking a glass of wine daily can give your immune system a boost. Moderate alcohol consumption can ward off infections and keep your immune system in check.
Don’t get too carried away, though. Excessive consumption can lead to negative effects that defeat the whole purpose or drinking wine for an immunity boost.
- Healthy heart
The procyanidins in red wine that promote a healthy heart also promote lower cholesterol – key for those approaching middle age (and everyone else, for that matter).
Reservatrol also decreases LDL – bad cholesterol – while increasing the HDL – good cholesterol. This also means that red wine benefits blood pressure, so if you’re suffering from high blood pressure, it’s best to pour a glass. If you’re having trouble keeping your cholesterol levels on the good side, sip on a daily glass of medicinal red wine.
- Defend against type 2 diabetes
Diabetes is certainly one of the more frustrating conditions. You can’t indulge in cravings without first considering the health repercussions that result in more than a larger waistline. The good news is that if you are at risk for type 2 diabetes, wine may help.
Resveratrol has been proven to improve sensibility to insulin. With insulin resistance contributing to type 2-diabetes risk, a nice glass of wine makes the list of things you can enjoy.
In the constant battle to fight off free radicals that cause us health problems like cancer, the odd glass of wine could well be an answer. Wine is full of antioxidants that attack free radicals when they come lurking around. When choosing your wine for antioxidants, go with white.
A study done by the University of Barcelona scientists found that the phenols in white wine had equal, if not higher antioxidants, than those in red wine. This is interesting because wine drinkers commonly believe red wine provides the most health benefits in moderate amounts.
- Who needs milk?
As we get older, our bones get more brittle. You could of course increase your calcium levels by drinking milk, but why do that when you could pick up a glass of wine instead? Red wine has high levels of silicon, which is great for your bone mineral density. It increases the density and reduces the chance of osteoporosis. And like warm milk, it may help you doze off at night.