If you’re one of the millions of people who enjoy a glass of wine with dinner, you’re in luck – especially if you prefer red wine. Years of research and studies have shown that moderate, daily consumption can reap you the perks you’ve heard so much about in the news. And although you may be familiar with some of these, the list of promising red wine benefits is probably even longer than you thought.
How A Daily Dose Red Wine Benefits You
First of all, let’s talk about what exactly the word “moderate” means with respect to daily red wine consumption. As with so many other things concerning your health and diet, what is moderate to you and your system will likely differ from many, if not most, of the people you know. Your age, height, weight, sex, and overall health status all play a role in the determination. For our purposes we’ll use the guidelines published by the US Department of Agriculture in 2010, which stated, “If alcohol is consumed, it should be consumed in moderation – up to one drink per day for women and two drinks per day for men”.
With that in mind, studies show that, for many cases, red wine benefits your health because it contains higher levels of a compound known as resveratrol, something also found in nuts, cranberries, and blueberries. Resveratrol has been shown to help mice both live longer and improve their health – even when they’ve been on a high-fat diet.
Did you know red wine has also been shown to reduce your risk of dementia, heart disease, breast cancer, and colon cancer? It’s also been linked to a reduced risk of depression, and can even play a role in slowing down the aging process!
Again, these red wine benefits are products of moderate consumption, so this is definitely not a case of “if one is good, then three must be great.” Excessive alcohol consumption leads to a whole host of health problems. So remember to talk with your health care provider before beginning this or any major change in your diet.