5 Health Benefits of Wine (in Moderation)

Many people enjoy relaxing with a glass of wine after a long day or in celebration of some event. However, wine can cause alcoholism, drunkenness, and headaches if too much is consumed. At the same time, many studies have shown that it also offers many health benefits. People have been enjoying wine for centuries, and it is possible that your ancient ancestors knew that their favorite beverage held more benefits than just being flavorful. 

Wine is made from grapes and other types of fruit, which means that you can expect to be getting a healthy dose of antioxidants and nutrients in each drink. Wine can also improve your cardiovascular health, prevent Alzheimer’s disease, reduce inflammation in your body, give you healthier skin, and help you maintain more positive mental health. 

These five benefits make drinking wine in moderation an important part of your health regimen. Without further ado, it’s time to look into some of the health benefits of moderate wine drinking.

Improve Cardiovascular Health

The first aspect of your health that wine affects is, surprisingly, your heart. It turns out that drinking wine can actually improve your cardiovascular health. How does it do this? Well, wine, as stated above, has several antioxidants in it. One of the types of antioxidants in wine is resveratrol. This antioxidant is known to have benefits for the heart by helping to reduce cholesterol levels. People who drink wine also tend to have lower blood pressure than those who abstain. So a glass of wine every now and then can improve the health of your heart and lower your blood pressure.

Prevent Alzheimer’s Disease

Another unexpected benefit of wine is prevention. Drinking wine can actually help keep your mind sharp, reducing the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease. The alcohol in wine helps to stimulate blood flow throughout your body. This increased blood flow to the brain helps to prevent damage that is associated with dementia. The conversations that you enjoy with other wine drinkers can also keep your mind sharp. Joining a champagne club brings bottles to your door that are perfect for sharing with a friend. So drink up, knowing you are preventing both social and mental decay.

Reduce Inflammation in Your Body

Wine drinking can also help reduce inflammation in your body. Inflammation leads to many potential issues with your health and body, and can be caused by illness, sensitivities, pain, and injury. Joint pain and other maladies are common when you have too much inflammation in your body. Wine has compounds that lower inflammatory responses so that you look and feel better each day. So if you wake up with aches and pains and inflamed muscles, consider having a drink.

Enjoy Healthier Skin

Wine can also have a positive impact on your skin, surprisingly enough. Too much wine might leave your skin looking flushed, but drinking in moderation helps to keep your skin looking amazing. Wine has anti-aging properties that help to slow down the effects of oxidative stress on your skin cells. The increased blood flow through your skin also helps your skin cells to rejuvenate so you always have that lovely, rosy glow. In other words, wine can keep your skin from aging and wrinkling so rapidly. It will keep you looking younger, longer.

Maintain Positive Mental Health

Finally, drinking wine can help maintain not only your physical but your mental health as well. Your mental health is just as important as how you look and feel physically. Drinking wine sends signals to your brain that you need to relax. People who drink wine regularly in moderation tend to have lower rates of depression and anxiety. You can increase this benefit by turning your glasses of wine into a social time that you share with your family and friends. Maintain positive mental health habits and emotions by enjoying a glass of wine every now and then. You’ve earned it.

Exercise and eating right are important ways to maintain your health, but it also feels good to know that pouring a glass of wine helps you to stay in good shape. Whether you are working on improving your heart health or want to de-stress, a glass of wine at the end of the day is the perfect way to make healthy living more enjoyable. In moderation, wine can help your heart, your memory, your skin, your muscles and tendons, and even your mental state. Be sure to stay within recommended alcohol consumption guidelines and talk to your doctor if you have any questions.

Brooke Chaplan is a freelance writer and blogger. She lives and works out of her home in Los Lunas, New Mexico. She loves the outdoors and spends most of her time hiking, biking, and gardening.
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