If you’ve been feeling guilty about indulging in a glass of red wine while you unwind from a hard day’s work, I’ve got some good news for you. Scientific evidence shows that consuming red wine in limited quantities is beneficial. How so? Real Simple recently listed eight surprising health benefits of red wine. Wondering what they are? I highlight them below.
- It promotes longevity. Resveratrol, a compound found in the skin of red grapes, increases anti-aging stimulants within the body.
- It improves memory. Resveratrol also helps improve short-term memory. Researchers found that those taking resveratrol supplements showed an increase in retention of words just 30 minutes after taking the supplement.
- It reduces the risk of heart disease. Tannins, a found in red wine, help promote cardiovascular health, and moderate red wine drinkers are less likely to have a heart attack than those who don't drink red wine.
- It promotes eye health. A study out of Iceland proved that moderate drinkers are less likely to develop cataracts than non-drinkers.
- It cuts the risk of cancer. Resveratrol—which seems like a magical compound—helps kill cancer cells by blocking the development of a protein that feeds them.
- It improves dental health. The antioxidants in red wine slow the bacterial growth in the mouth and in turn help to prevent cavities.
- It lowers cholesterol. Certain varietals, like tempranillo and Rioja, have a compound that reduces levels of the bad cholesterol that clogs arteries.
- It helps fend off the common cold. The antioxidants reduce a drinker’s chance of catching a cold.
Thirsty for a good red? Try one of my recent affordable favorites, Line 39 Cabernet Sauvignon.
Do you drink red wine on a regular basis to improve your health?