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16 Reasons to Drink Wine With Dinner Tonight
After a truly horrible day at the office, is there anything more pleasurable than popping that cork and pouring truly great glass of wine? Do you ever have those moments, however, where you start to wonder … Is this wine really good for my health? You go to the gym, you try to keep regular hours for quality sleep, you make healthy food choices, but have you ever wondered if you are doing all that for naught, simply because of a few glasses of wine each week?
You have probably heard that red wine is good for your heart, but you should prepare yourself to be absolutely amazed. There are health benefits in that glass of wine that you have only wished were true, but you didn’t realize they actually are true.
Most of the benefits in wine come to us from a little ingredient called resveratrol. This substance is found in red and purple grapes, cranberries, mulberries, pistachios, blueberries, and peanuts. We will talk about red wine here because white wine does not contain resveratrol — sorry!
Keep reading and find out how that little glass of wine you enjoy with dinner each night is actually a super powerful health elixir. More than just being heart-healthy, wine can also …
1. Keep Your Weight In Check
Several studies have found that those who imbibe daily have lower overall body mass than those who only drink occasionally. Moderate wine drinkers have less belly fat and slimmer waistlines than people who drink hard liquor. The mild alcohol found in wine encourages your body to continue to burn calories for as long as 90 minutes after you finish that glass. Keep your scale in the corner, and fight the battle of the bulge with a nice glass of wine.
2. Protect You From Ovarian Problems
Researchers in Australia found that when they compared cancer-free women to those with ovarian cancer, the women who drank one glass of wine each day had a lower risk of developing this type of cancer. How much lower? By an incredible 50 percent! The University of Hawaii also found similar links between drinking wine and lower rates of ovarian cancer. Although scientists don’t understand exactly why this is, they believe it might have to do with the high levels of phytoestrogens and antioxidants found in wine. Both of these compounds have powerful anti-cancer properties. One study done recently at the University of Michigan found that red wine killed ovarian cancer cells in a test tube. Ladies, feel free to enjoy that glass of wine with dinner sans guilt.
3. Lower Your Risk Of Diabetes
Both men and women who drank one glass of wine each day had a 30 percent lower risk of developing diabetes, according to one study. This is thought to be due to resveratrol, which improves the body’s sensitivity to insulin. A resistance to insulin is the most crucial factor when it comes to lowering your risk of developing diabetes.
4. Make You Smarter
Well, we hate to brag, but don’t wine drinkers seem to be a bit sharper than everyone else? Studies show that resveratrol can help improve your short term memory, making it easier to learn new memories and improve learning skills. One study showed that within 30 minutes of drinking a glass of wine, subjects had a significant increase in their retention of words, as well as quicker performance in the section of the brain in charge of learning, memory, and emotions.
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