Drinking of wine is a part of the lifestyle of many people all around the world. It relaxes our mind and drops the level of stress we face in our day to day life. Beyond the mental happiness, drinking alcohol can be good for your physical health in a wide range when it comes to moderate wine consumption.
From decreased mortality rate to attacking cancer cells, a little wine at the end of the day can go a long way when it comes to beneficial effect.
- Boosts the immune system
Scientists discovered that a moderate consumption of alcohol daily boosts the immune system and could help fight infections.
Do not get used to it as excessive consumption can lead to negative effects that defeat the whole purpose of maintaining a good health.
- Reduces the risk of stroke
Moderate consumption of wine can prevent blood clotting. It acts as a natural blood thinner, breaking up any blood clots that could lead to a stroke. This lower risk of blood clotting is more beneficial to females than males.
Researchers at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine believe the resveratrol in red wine raises levels of an enzyme called heme oxygenase, which is known to protect nerve cells in the brain from damage after a stroke.
- Increases the density of bones
As we get older, our bones get more brittle. You can do yourself a real favor and sip on a relaxing glass of wine.
Red wine has high levels of silicon, which is great for your bone mineral density. It increases the density and reduces the chance of osteoporosis.
- Reduce the risk of dementia
A glass of red wine a day might help to get rid of neurodegenerative diseases. A compound called resveratrol in grapes stimulates an enzyme in the brain involved in nerve regeneration.
According to researchers at Loyola University Medical Center (USA), Professor Edward J Neafsey said,
‘We don’t recommend that non-drinkers start drinking. But moderate drinking, if it is truly moderate, can be beneficial.’
- Reduces the risk of type 2 diabetes
Insulin resistance is a critical factor that contributes to the risk of developing type 2 diabetes. The Chinese Academy of Sciences found in an experiment with mice that the chemical resveratrol can improve sensitivity to insulin.
Resveratrol has been proven to improve sensibility to insulin. With insulin resistance contributing to type 2 diabetes risk, a nice glass of wine makes the list of things you can enjoy.
- Reduces the risk of cancer
The risk of colon cancer, prostate cancer, and breast cancer can be reduced to a great extent by drinking a glass of wine. The antioxidants combat nasty free radicals that allow cancer to thrive.
Red wine especially is beneficial, as the resveratrol that fights against heart disease also fights against cancerous cells.
Researchers at Harvard Medical School found that:
“Men who drink an average of four to seven glasses of red wine per week are only 52 percent as likely to be diagnosed with prostate cancer as those who do not drink red wine. In addition, red wine appears particularly protective against advanced or aggressive cancers.”