Wine: It does the body good.
I’m no scientist, but with some mild research and many personal field studies, I can confidently say that wine is good for you.
Some people may enjoy their moscow mules or fancy craft beers, but there is no denying that the love of wine is on the rise. So much, in fact, that Millennials are changing the way that wine is made and those young folk drank 42% of the wine consumed in 2015 (Source: Bustle).
With this rise in wine consumption, it’s always good to look at the facts. I happily compiled a short list of reasons to celebrate that delicious night cap and validate its many health benefits...
Moderate amounts of wine help reduce your risk of heart disease.
Resveratrol is an antioxidant found in red wine that helps prevent coronary artery disease, thus lowering your risk of heart attacks. It also has been known to lower the risk of inflammation and blood clotting, making it pretty powerful in preventing damage to blood vessels and reducing your low-density lipoproteins (LDL aka “bad cholesterol”).
A healthy heart is a happy heart!
Wine drinkers have a lower mortality rate.
In a study published in 2007, wine drinkers were found to have a 34% lower mortality rate than spirit or beer drinkers. (Source: Food and Wine)
More wine = longer life. Thanks, Science!
Wine makes you happy.
Alcohol is known for releasing several neurotransmitters including serotonin, dopamine, and opioid peptides. This creates a natural feeling of joy and calmness. Again, the key is moderation because too much can deplete these chemicals causing adverse effects (Source: Winefolly).
Wine can make amazing food taste even better.
Queen of Cuisine Julia Child once said “Wine is meant to be with food—that’s the point of it!”
It’s no secret that pairing wine and food emphasizes their flavors. Alcohol is also said to make the hypothalamus more responsive - the area in your brain that’s in charge of metabolic processes.
So grab that bottle AND that fancy cheese you’ve been craving!
Don’t know how to pair? Here is a simple guide to help you.
Moderate alcohol consumption lowers cognitive decline.
I’m not making this up. Individuals that had 1-2 drinks per day reportedly slowed down their cognitive decline. Those that drank nothing or had more than 2 drinks per day had the adverse effect. They think this is linked to its protective effect against vascular disease (Source: Northern Manhattan Study, 2006).
Moral of the story?
Grab that bottle opener and enjoy a glass or two. Self care is important, people!