5 surprising health benefits of drinking wine.

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Alcohol is often touted as the devil’s potion, leaving you feeling a twinge of guilt when you reach for

the corkscrew after work. But in fact, if you keep to the ‘everything in moderation’ rule it can

actually have some benefit to you. That doesn’t mean that cheap beer and vodka shots should be

consumed daily, but it is true that some types of alcohol do give your health a boost.

The magic ingredient in wine is a substance called resveratrol. Produced by plants, its function there

is to fight bacteria, or as a form of protection during a drought or period without nutrients. It’s a

pretty key role to have. Resveratrol is also found in blueberries, cranberries, peanuts, red and purple

grapes and mulberries. Studies into the health benefits of wine have largely concentrated on red

wine because resveratrol is not found in white wine.

What are the benefits?

 Longer life. On the island of Ikarios, the residents have the longest recorded lives. This is

partly due to the fact that they drink dark red wine daily. Harvard medical school

researchers have found evidence to suggest that resveratrol directly activates sirtuins;

proteins which act as longevity pathways.

 Improves short term memory. After drinking a glass of wine your ability to retain words is

increased and the brain performs faster.

 An all-in-one health tonic. Resveratrol improves and assists heart, bone and brain function.

And not only this, but drinking one glass of red wine per day on average reduces your chance

of Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease substantially. This statistic held true even when

compared to teetotallers. Those who drank modest amounts of beer or spirits were almost

four times as likely to develop NAFLD.

 Red wine equals white teeth. It may seem illogical, but a surprising benefit of drinking red

wine is that it protects your teeth from bacteria. This is due to its antimicrobial effect;

scientists found that when red wine was placed on a biofilm, the degeneration of bacteria

was immediate and almost complete.

 Keeping you healthy. That’s right, red wine can keep you healthy! What more of an excuse

do you need? The preventative effects of resveratrol on certain types of cancer, such as

breast and colon cancers, are well documented. But in addition to this, Spanish researchers

discovered that those who drank red wine were less likely to develop colds and flu than

those who didn’t. This is believed to be the effect of antioxidants on inflammation.

All of the above are great reasons to enjoy a guilt-free glass of wine at the end of the day, but if

you needed more of a reason to indulge, then this might be it: repeated studies have shown that

isolating resveratrol as an active ingredient does not provide the same health benefits. To

properly reap the rewards of resveratrol you do actually need to drink wine. It is a combination

of factors, not just one, that benefit the body.

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