Doctors have linked a number of significant health benefits to drinking red wine:
Reduction in heart disease. Flavonoids in red wine are believed to decrease the amount of “bad” cholesterol in your bloodstream and increase “good” cholesterol.
Flavonoids and resveratrol also seem to prevent platelets from sticking together, which can prevent heart attack or stroke by decreasing the risk of clot formation.
Protection against cancer. Resveratrol has been shown to reduce tumor incidence and inhibit growth of cancer cells in the laboratory. Studies have begun to directly link red wine consumption to reduction of cancer risk in humans.
For example, research has shown that a glass of red wine a day can cut a man’s risk of prostate cancer in half, particularly when it comes to the most aggressive types of prostate cancer. More than that, however, could have the opposite effect and actually increase your risk for certain cancers, so don’t use this as an excuse to down half a bottle of your favorite pinot.
Protection against neurological disorders. Researchers have found that resveratrol can help block the formation of amyloid plaques which are thought to damage brain cells and contribute to Alzheimer’s disease. Another study found that resveratrol actually aided in the formation of new nerve cells, which could help prevent neurological disorders like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease.
Other health benefits. Doctors continue to find new ways in which the antioxidant effects of red wine benefit the body. For example, researchers have found that red wine cuts down on the inflammation and tissue damage caused by periodontal, or gum, disease. So drinking red wine actually can help your dental health, they say.
Don’t overdo it, but do enjoy a glass of red wine or two, as an effortless way to get health benefits.