The French writer André Simon summed it up perfectly – “wine makes every meal an occasion, every table more elegant, every day more civilised.” Whether you enjoy a glass of wine after a stressful day at work or as a toast to celebrate special occasions, wine has been viewed as a recreational and indulgent treat. But beyond the gaiety and fun times that wine is known to provide, did you also know that there are many health advantages of drinking wine? Before you go and buy wine online, read on to gain an understanding on some of wine’s most beneficial effects on our health and to justify your wine habit.
Recent research in Spain suggests that drinking moderate amounts of wine may reduce the risk of developing depression. The research, conducted by the University of Navarra and other research centers in Spain, aimed to assess the relationship between alcohol intake and risk of developing depression by studying 5,505 individuals aged 55-80 for over seven years. The result indicated that there was a strong correlation between depression and wine consumption, especially for those who had a weekly intake of wine.
GOOD FOR THE HEART
Studies by Yale University indicated that individuals who drink light to moderate amounts of wine are less likely to develop coronary heart problems. Recent research has suggested that red wine specifically is most beneficial to heart health, due to the antioxidants found in grape seed extract. These antioxidants, called flavonoids, raise your good cholesterol (high density lipoprotein), reduce blood clotting, protect the lining of the coronary arteries, and reduce production of bad cholesterol (low density lipoprotein).
There’s a reason why the ancient Greeks and Egyptians used red wine as a form of medicine. Researchers have suggested that the antioxidant resveratrol, found in the skin and seeds of red grapes, has cancer-fighting properties. Some evidence has shown that resveratrol can hinder the growth of cancer cells and could be an effective agent in the first three stages of cancer: initiation, promotion and progression.
Red wine can prevent cavities and tooth decay according to a recent study published by the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry. The research proposed that red wine contains an active ingredient called proanthocyanidins, which are a group of compounds found in grape skins. These compounds block the ability for bacteria to bind with tooth enamel and further hardens the enamel to prevent tooth decay. Polyphenols in wine can also prevent and treat gum disease by reducing inflammation in the gums.
Researchers from Harvard Medical School published a study that confirms wine’s anti-aging benefits. Their study showed that polyphenols (an abundant source of antioxidants found in wine) prevent ‘free radicals’, which are molecules that injure and damage to a cell’s DNA, creating the seed of a disease. Some spas have even added wine facials to their services, as wine’s polyphenols help eliminate dead cells and enhance blood circulation, resulting in a healthy glow and skin rejuvenation.
These primary health benefits of drinking wine are more than enough to justify your wine habit. There’s no more convenient way to do that than joining a wine club and buying wine online. Once your selected bottles have been delivered, just sit back, relax, and raise your glass to toast a healthy life.