If you’re thinking about saving that bottle of 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon for a special occasion, you might want to think again and have a glass today. Drinking wine has many health benefits, and despite claims that grape juice may be better, wine, especially red wine, has more healthful nutrients that can improve your physical health. This is likely the reason why wine is the drink of choice of most millennials in the country. According to a research, 79 million Americans ages 21 to 38 drank over 150 million cases of wine in 2015. The study also reveals that this age group is not just drinking generic wines as most prefer eclectic wines that may cost more. More than just being the perfect drink to accompany a quality meal, wine has been proven to promote heart health among other health benefits. Here are all the reasons why you should have a glass of wine every day.
It improves heart function and bone density
Men and women’s bodies have changed over the past decades, but one thing remains the same—everyone needs to exercise to stay strong and keep healthy. In addition to a good exercise regimen, drinking wine can also help to improve heart function and bone density. Red wine contains silicon, which can help bone mineral density. The tannins in red wine contain a compound called procyanidins which can promote cardiovascular health.
It can protect your brain and improve cognitive function
Drinking a glass of wine can improve brain function and can even reduce the risk of dementia. Moreover, it has been found that a moderate wine intake can delay the onset of cognitive impairments in aging.
It can promote longevity
There’s a reason why certain aspects of a traditional Greek lifestyle can help you live a long life. In a study, it was found that people who lived in the Greek island of Ikaria are among the longest living people in the world. An Ikarian diet, which is the Greek diet from 50 years ago, can promote longevity as people who followed this diet consumed more vegetables and grains than animal products. Moreover, the people in Ikaria usually drink about 2 to 3 glasses of wine a day with lunch and dinner. Wine has antioxidants that act as an anti-ager as it can protect cells from damage.
As with everything, moderation is the key to experience the full health benefits of drinking wine. Savor a glass of wine every day and make it a part of living a healthy lifestyle this year.
Author Bio: After taking a career sabbatical to become a mother, Jackie now writes full time on topics ranging from history and current affairs through to health and fitness. She has, in the past battled problems with anxiety and panic, and in her spare time she volunteers for a number of local charities that support people with mental health issues.