Overconsumption of alcohol is really bad for your physical and mental health, but drinking a glass of wine a day? Not so bad! In fact, red wine has a long list of health benefits, including lowering the mortality rate, the risk of diabetes, heart disease and cancer as well as the risk of dementia.
1. Lowers Risk of Heart Disease
Many of red wine’s health benefits come from the fact that it’s good for heart health. This is because red wine contains plant antioxidants such as tannins and procyanidins, which are proven to be good for heart health.
2. Increases Lifespan
It’s not clear exactly why wine seems to increase lifespan (it could be due to relaxation it induces), but studies continue to show it does. A Finnish study that was conducted over a period of 29 years showed that the mortality rate in regular wine drinkers was 34% lower than in beer or spirit drinkers.
3. Lowers Risk of Dementia
Studies have shown that regular wine drinkers are at a lower risk of developing dementia, Alzheimer’s disease and other neurological conditions. This is probably due to flavonols found in wine, which protect cells that support healthy blood vessels.
4. Lowers Risk of Type 2 Diabetes
Wine is rich in a compound called resveratrol, which improves insulin sensitivity. And as we know, insulin resistance is the most important factor contributing to type 2 diabetes. In fact, a study conducted by VU University Medical Center researchers has shown that moderate wine drinkers have a 30% lower risk of developing type 2 diabetes.
5. Lowers Risk of Breast and Colon Cancer
Studies have found that regular, moderate consumption of red wine can lower the risk of colon cancer by whopping 50%. As for breast cancer, although regular consumption of alcoholic beverages increases the risk, red wine is an exception. Studies have found that the skins and seeds of red grapes in wine reduce the risk of developing breast cancer.