What are the health benefits of wine?
Alcohol is known to affect your health, mood and your weight. Studies has proven that wine actually has some good health benefits when drank in moderation of course. Read on to find out why wine can actually be good for you.
1. Burns fat
Studies done by the Oregon State University proved that the a chemical called ellagic acid, found in the dark red grapes used to make various types of red wine can help with weight management and a metabolic fatty liver. The chemical slows down the growth of fat cells and stops new ones from being created, which boosts the metabolism of fatty acids in liver cells.
2. Fights colds and flu
Not to encourage drinking while you are sick, but when you are in the habit of drinking a glass of wine with your dinner, the antioxidants found in red wine can help you reduce your risk of a cold by a shocking 60%.
3. Good for your heart
In a study done with pinot noir, it was discovered that red wine has cardiovascular benefits because it contains antioxidants, has a high resveratrol content, and also has pro-angiogenic and anti-inflammatory properties.
4. Improves sexual performance in men
Studies done at the University of Western Australia found that men who drinks wine in moderation, has a 30% less chance of experiencing erectile dysfunction than those who doesn’t drink. This is because of the antioxidants present in red wine, which helps with the blood flow.
5. Increase sex drive in women
Nitric oxide production in the blood is triggered by the high amount of antioxidants in wine, which relaxes the artery walls. This increases blood flow down south, creating feelings of sexual excitement.
6. Boosts memory
Have you noticed that when you have had a few glasses of wine with your friends, you tend to take a trip down memory lane? This is due to a compound found in the skin of red grapes called resveratrol , which studies has shown, can improve memory and cognitive function.
7. Live longer
People, especially women, who drinks one or two glasses of wine every day is known to have a lower risk of all-cause mortality than those who doesn’t drink on a regular basis.
8. Boosts the effectiveness of vaccines
Research has proven that people who normally enjoys a glass of wine with their meals, responds better to vaccines than both the non-drinkers as well as the heavy drinkers.
Although red has proven health benefits, white wine is a better option when you want to lose weight. White wine’s phenols have a higher antioxidant count than the ones found in red.
10. Better workout performance with less muscle pain
Researchers found that the resveratrol found in most red wines, could enhance exercise performance, improve muscle strength and heart function. All of which has benefits similar to endurance training. In addition, people who drinks wine in moderation, normally has less muscle soreness after recovery.
Article by Lynette
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