Red wine may not be considered a superfood (anyone who's experienced the wrath of a post-wine headache can attest to this), but there are benefits of drinking vino in moderation. Studies have found that it may help lower the risk of several diseases and that it could be connected to gut and brain health. There's even a word for using wine as a medicine called oenotherapy, which a number of spas are embracing with wine spa treatments. As for the latest in "wine is good for you" news, a recent study from the American Society for Reproductive Medicine found that drinking one glass of red wine a week is linked to better fertility in women, Body and Soul reports.
Researchers studied 135 women ages 18 to 44 in order to determine whether or not alcohol intake is related to a woman's ovarian reserve—the number of eggs present in the ovaries at any given time. Over the course of the study, participants were asked to keep a detailed diary of their alcohol consumption, including beer, liquor, red wine, and white wine.
The scientists measured the ovarian reserves of participants through transvaginal ultrasounds, finding that only red wine was associated with antral follicle count (AFC)—a measure of egg supply. They found that less than five servings of red wine per month were positively associated with AFC, which comes out to about one glass a week.
Before you run to the wine cellar, the chairman of the British Fertility Society reminds Body and Soul that this study was tested on a small number of participants, and exposing a developing fetus to alcohol can cause irreversible damage. More data is needed before anyone can be sure of this correlation between red wine and fertility; however, it's one more reason red wine in moderation might be the key to your body's health.
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