The benefits of drinking red wine in moderation have been studied for years, and the list keeps getting longer and more surprising. It is well-known that wine is heart healthy, but here are some benefits that may surprise you! So raise that glass of red wine high and toast to these awesome benefits.
Keeps You Fit
A recent study by scientists at the University of Alberta suggests that consuming a glass of red wine has the same physical, heart function, and muscle strength benefits as working out for an hour at the gym. And to know that all that time spent sweating buckets at the gym could have been spent relaxing and unwinding with a glass of wine instead! The study found that the chemical resveratrol, naturally found in red wine, has numerous health and heart-positive benefits, including improved physical performance, heart function, and muscle strength. Red wine could actually enhance the cardiovascular benefits of exercise and boost heart rate. Awesome!
Keeps You Sharp
That’s right! Drinking a moderate amount of red wine can reduce your risk of developing dementia. In fact, a study published in the The Journal of Neuropsychiatric Disease and Treatment found that moderate red wine drinkers have a 23% lower risk of developing dementia compared to people who rarely or never consumed red wine. The abundant amount of resveratrol in red wine reduces the stickiness of blood platelets, which helps improve blood flow in the brain and thus brain metabolism which keeps the brain sharp.
Keeps You Happy
According to a study published in the journal BMC Medicine, drinking 2-7 small glasses of wine can lower your risk for depression. A compound found in grapes with anti-inflammatory properties is linked to relieving depressive symptoms. We know drinking wine makes us feel happy, but now there is proof that it really is making and keeping us happy!
Keeps You Lighter
Studies found that people who drink red wine daily (1-2 glasses) were 30% less likely to be overweight than nondrinkers. Red wine drinkers have lower body mass than those who indulge occasionally; moderate wine drinkers have narrower waists and less abdominal fat than people who drink liquor. Your body temperature actually rises when you sip wine, so your body burns more calories. It also may encourage your body to burn extra calories for as long as 90 minutes after you drink a glass. So adding a glass of wine to your healthy diet and exercise routine might not be a bad idea!
Keeps You Young
Research from Harvard Medical School found that red wine has anti-aging properties. Specifically, resveratrol was the compound found to have the beneficial effect. Resveratrol stimulates production of SIRT1, a serum that blocks aging and age-related diseases by speeding up the cell’s energy production centers known as mitochondria. And who doesn’t want to look or feel younger?
When was the last time you drank a glass of red wine? Doing so can have enormous benefits that will help you look and feel your best! To learn more about wine, contact the experts at Julio’s Liquors, or “like” Julio’s Wine Shop on Facebook.