We have all grown up hearing, “An Apple a Day Keeps the Doctor Away”, but what about a glass of wine instead? The answer is yes! Recent research suggests that consuming a glass of wine a day may provide numerous health benefits, especially red wine. Within the past ten years, research has suggested that a moderate intake of alcohol in general will improve cardiovascular heath, so much so that Harvard researcheslisted it as one of the “eight proven ways to reduce coronary heart diseaserisk”. However more recent research has shifted its focus to find that more specifically, the antioxidants (termed flavonoids) in the skin and seeds of red grapes makes red wine the most beneficial alcoholic beverage for promoting heart health. The flavonoids are proven to reduce LDL (bad cholesterol), boost HDL (good cholesterol) and reduce blood clotting.
Additional research has begun to reveal that the health benefits of wine in moderation far exceed heart health. Studies indicate that wine’s ability to reduce blood clotting and blood vessel inflammation also prevents cognitive decline; promoting a better memory! When women in their seventies participated in a memory quiz, results showed a positive correlationbetween high scores and the consumption of one or more glasses of wine a day byparticipants. The antioxidant resveratrol, also found in the skin of red grapes, may also promote improved memory function by aiding in the formation of nerve cells. In addition resveratrol may have tumor inhibition properties in some cancers.
The more research that is being conducted on the health benefits from a glass of wine, the more shocking discoveries are being made. Some others include decreasing the risk of infections by certain bacteria and germs, promoting healthy bone production in women, and even burning extra calories! Of course, as with most finding such as this one, moderation is key! Four ounces of wine is considered one serving. For woman, researches suggest one serving a day, and for men one to two servings a day. It is important to stress that once you exceed these suggested serving amounts, it is no longer considered “moderate drinking”, and the “occasional or binge drinkers” that consume three or more drinks a day actually have increased mortality rates and health complications.
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