Over the years, there has been a never-ending debate of whether wine is healthy or not. But now we have studies to prove what some have been saying for years.
But realize red wine is only healthy if consumed in moderation. Excessive intake can ruin your health. Frequent wine drinkers should avoid taking more than 2 glasses a day. In fact, you can get all the benefits listed below by simply drinking a glass of red wine a day.
Your heart health will improve
Research shows that wine has more health benefits than any other alcoholic beverage out there. According to studies folks who drink a glass of wine a day have a 32 percent lower risk of heart disease than non-drinkers. But as this study shows, excessive intake actually increases risk of heart disease.
Improved insulin sensitivity
Factors like high sugar intake have contributed to the big problem of insulin resistance. Well, one study found that drinking 2 glasses of wine each day for a month, reduces insulin resistance. Other ways to improve insulin sensitivity include, reducing sugar intake, increasing intake of omega 3s, drinking green tea and more cinnamon.
You’ll have less risk of cancer
According to the American cancer society, an antioxidant called quercetin, which is found in red wine fights cancer cells. In fact, studies show that red wine reduces risk of different kinds of cancer like, prostate, colon, basal cell, and ovary.
Lower risk of type 2 diabetes
One of the major causes of diabetes is excess consumption of alcohol. But you can lower risk of this disease by drinking a glass of red wine. A study by University of Amsterdam found that there was a 30 percent less risk of diabetes in red wine drinkers than non-drinkers. Another study also found that red wine reduced risk of type 2 diabetes in women.
You might lose weight
A recent study made headlines when it concluded that drinking red wine has the same benefits as one hour in the gym. This study showed that resveratrol, a compound found in wine has the same benefits as exercise. It showed benefits like, improved physical performance, muscle strength and better health.
But frankly, wine can’t completely replace exercise. Make time for exercise at least 3 times a week.
Your memory will be intact
This was demonstrated in a study where researchers gave quizzes to red wine drinkers and non-drinker, all in their 70s, they found that those who drank a glass a day or more had better scores than those who drunk less or didn’t drink. Red wine has also shown ability to reduce risk or memory related diseases like dementia and Alzheimer’s.
You’re less likely to be depressed
One study, conducted on middle aged and elderly women found that those who drank 2-7 glasses of wine per week had less chances of being depressed.