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3 Health Benefits of Wine

Wine Lovers Live Longer

oe·no·phile noun: a connoisseur of wines

Hands up if you belong in this category....

Well we're not, but we’ll happily uncork as though we are and now have a whole slew of reasons to proceed.  Thank you to all the evidence published, indicating that drinking wine benefits our health in three major ways. Cheers to that!

So before you read the rest of this article, it’s only right that you pour yourself a 6 oz glass of Pinot and settle in. We’ll wait here.

*Disclaimer: it’s important to note that this only bodes true when it comes to moderate wine consumption (translation: one 6 oz. glass a day). 

While there are a myriad of ways that wine benefits not only our physical health and wellness but also our mental health, there are three prominent benefits that stand above the rest:

1. It’s an anti-depressant.

A study conducted by a team from several universities in Spain and published in the BMC Medicine journal concluded that drinking wine might reduce the risk of depression.

The study included data gathered on over 6,000 men and women over seven years and yielded results acknowledging those who drank two to seven glasses of wine a week were less likely to be diagnosed with depression.

2. It reduces the risk of some disease.

Did you know that red wine tannins contain procyanidins, which are tied to a reduced risk of heart disease? Truth. Some similar properties of red wine are also known to reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes by over 30 percent.

If that’s not enough, red wine also contains properties that are known to remove chemicals responsible for causing blood clots–a primary cause of coronary disease. That translates to a 50 percent reduction in blood clot-related strokes. That’s a statistic we can get behind.

3. It keeps the mind sharp.

It’s a well-known factoid that red wine contains antioxidants. But did you know that the specific antioxidant in red wine is called resveratrol, and that it protects against cell damage that affects age-related mental decline?

The study conducted by Texas A&M’s Health Science Center College of Medicine concluded that the antioxidant resveratrol also improves mood in old age.

The list continues on, studies abound, and researchers everywhere are discovering health benefits of one of our favorite libations. Conclusion? Cheers, drink, and be merry.

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