Red Wine: Cheers To Your Health

July 19th, 2016 by Dr. Michael Glass

The Health Benefits Of Red Wine

 

Red wine is one of the most consumed beverages in the world. Whether for sipping or celebrating, we drink red wine to compliment our meals, or help us relax at the end of a long day. But there are also a variety of health benefits associated with drinking our favorite fermented vinos, as long as you remember this key word: moderation.

What Exactly Is Moderation?

A daily serving of red wine is around one glass for women and two glasses for men. A glass is considered 5 ounces. So be careful not to fill up those bigger glasses, because before you know it the whole bottle disappears. If you’re unsure how to measure 5 ounces, just pour the wine into a ½ measuring cup, which is 4 ounces. Then pour yourself a little extra!

red wine splashing from glass, isolated on white background

Red Vs. White

There’s less natural sugars in red wine compared to most whites, although red wines tend to have more calories. But red wine also has more magnesium, potassium, and phosphorus, which is critical for bone health. Red wine can even help prevent liver damage due to its higher content of choline, which is part of the Vitamin B complex. So choosing between red and white is easy. Just go red.

Wine and Heart Health

Heart health is one of the most important benefits of drinking red wine. Cardiovascular scientists for disease prevention found that drinking wine can lower your risk for heart disease. This study was published in the Journal Of Cardiovascular Disease Research in 2010. They found that red wine helps to contain the good cholesterol (HDL) in our blood, and lowers the bad cholesterol (LDL). Plus, it may reduce inflammation and plaque that builds up in the arteries.

 

Antioxidants In Wine

There are significant antioxidants present in wine, such as resveratrol, which is a compound found in most plants, including grapes. These compounds fight off bacteria and fungi which in turn can strengthen your immune system. When you add up all the benefits of drinking red wine, the results are undeniable. As long as you drink in moderation, that is.

vine and bunch of white grapes in garden

Some of the effects of overindulging include depression, interrupted sleep, and weight gain. Even more serious than these, however, is the fact that drinking too much on a regular basis can raise your blood pressure, which can lead to an increased risk of stroke or heart attack.

The True Verdict On Red Wine

Whether it’s Cab, Pinot, or Merlot, drinking red wine responsibly brings a lot of health benefits to the table, so pour yourself a glass and cheers to your favorite vintage.