5 Surprising Health Benefits From Wine
Now you have more reasons to drink a glass of wine at your favorite Pawleys Island restaurant. There are more than 25 recognized wine holidays throughout the year, and with February 23 marking “Open That Bottle Night,” we feel obliged to join in. The good news about uncorking your favorite bottle, is you’ll experience surprising health benefits from sipping a glass.
While research has long backed the idea that moderate wine consumption can boost your health in a number of ways, we’ve discovered five unexpected benefits we just had to share. Whether you’re looking for a great wine selection from your local Pawleys Island restaurant or you’re snuggling up on the couch with a rich red, drinking in moderation has its perks.
What Is A Wine Serving?
While we’d all love to think so, drinking more wine isn’t actually better for you. Like most things in life, wine drinking is best done in moderation. For women, drinking moderately means no more than one glass a day. For men, it’s two. Depending on the size of your wine glasses, one serving can mean very different things. But before you get heavy handed filling your favorite oversized glass, keep in mind that an appropriate wine pour is 5 ounces.
Benefits Of Wine Drinking
Antioxidants: Wine is filled with rich antioxidants that help ward your body against sickness and severe illnesses, like cancer. White wine is the richest in antioxidants, according to a study completed by the University of Barcelona (visit Chive Blossom and try the Domaine de Bernier from France). The grapes and grape skin used to make wine are packed with the antioxidant resveratrol, often credited with attacking dangerous free radical cells in our bodies.
Immunity boost: Moderate wine consumption can give your immune system a boost to help protect you from the sniffles and other common sickness. A healthy immune system gives you the energy you need to get through the day and shields your body from infection. Of course, the smooth taste of the Shafer Napa Merlot is reason enough to fill your glass, but we’ll take the added bonus of a healthy immune system.
Improves bone density: Our bones naturally become more brittle with age, but a nice glass of red wine can help improve bone density. Red wine is known for its high levels of silicon, a powerful agent in bone mineral density. Next time you’re enjoying fine dining, ask for a glass of Revelry D11 Walla Walla from Washington and reduce your chance of osteoporosis.
Prevents heart disease: Heart disease is the number one killer among men and women in the United States. Researchers from the Israel Institute of Technology studied a group of people who were asked to drink a moderate amount of red wine for three weeks straight. Researchers discovered it improved the health of the cells lining the blood vessels, which then improves blood flow and heart health.
Boosts brain power: Drinking a single glass of wine has the power to improve brain function. Red wine contains chemicals that keep the brain’s neurons from deteriorating. Take a sip of Cheval Malbec from Argentina and help slow the onset of Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.