Drinking alcohol is typically one of the first things doctors and nutritionists recommend cutting out of your diet when you are wanting to live a healthier lifestyle.
While beer and hard alcohol can have negative effects on your metabolism, liver, and calorie intake, wine actually has many positive health benefits, especially for women.
Wine is made from grapes: red wine made from red and purple grapes, while white wines are typically made from green grapes or grapes not yet ripened.
For the best medical and health benefit for your body, drink a glass of red wine with dinner. This is because the red and purple grapes offer the most nutritional value.
Drinking wine regularly and within moderation can improve your overall health.
Drinking a single glass of wine every day can be great for your wellbeing.
Here are 9 reasons why you should drink wine every day, according to science:
1. Improve your memory.
Wine helps prevent blood clots and reduces inflammation in blood vessels.
Both of these symptoms are related to memory loss or cognitive decline.
In a study where elderly participants drank a glass of wine a day and others did not have any, those that drank wine scored higher on memory based quizzes than those who did not have wine.
2. Reduces chances for heart disease.
Because wine prevents blood clotting and reduces inflammation, it also reduces heart disease. It lowers blood pressure and reduces the chances of having a heart attack.
3. Boost your immune system.
Red wine in particular is high in antioxidants that help fend off infections such as: urinary tract infections, bacterial infections in the gut, food poisoning, and ulcers.
It can also help prevent against some kinds of stomach cancers.
4. Reduce risk of ovarian cancer.
Women who drink a glass of wine a day significantly reduce their chances of getting ovarian cancer by up to fifty percent.
Wine, especially red wine, is high in phytoestrogens which have anticancer properties.
These not only help with preventing ovarian cancer, but studies have been conducted on breast cancer prevention as well.
5. Prevent osteoporosis.
Osteoporosis is a threat to aging people, especially aging women.
Drinking a glass of wine a day will help to strengthen your bones and fight against osteoporosis, or low bone density.
6. Increases estrogen levels.
If you suffer from low estrogen levels, you may have or be at risk for many feminine conditions such as polycystic ovary syndrome, endometriosis, or hormone related diseases or cancers.
Wine increases your estrogen levels which minimizes the effects of these conditions, or helps to safe guard you from being diagnosed with one.
Low estrogen levels also contribute to weight gain, acne, and aggression. Drinking a glass of wine a day will boost your estrogen levels and help with losing weight, clearing up your skin, and balancing your moods.
7. Aid with menopause.
Since estrogen is directly tied with menopause, drinking a glass of wine a day can help reduce or ease the symptoms caused by the drop in estrogen production.
It will also help prevent ovarian cancer and diabetes—both of which increase in odds of diagnosis after menopause.
Wine helps prevent against insulin resistance in some patients, thus minimizing the chance of a type 2 diabetic diagnosis.
8. Balance blood sugar levels.
Drinking a glass of wine—specifically red wine—at dinner can help your body process its sugar and caloric consumption.
This helps to reduce the chance of being diagnosed with type 2 diabetes and lowers inflammation which helps with cholesterol and arthritis.
9. Reduces arthritic pain.
A glass of wine a day can help reduce the symptoms of arthritis pain.
Wine, especially red wine, helps to reduce inflammation and swelling in the body.
This is true for blood vessels, as well as other inflammation caused by arthritis.
Having a single glass of wine at dinner can help ease this pain, but check with your doctor if you are taking any medications to make sure that the combination of a glass of wine won’t have bad side effects when combined with certain medications in your system.
There are many health benefits for having a glass of wine at dinner every day.
Red wine especially is positive for your health because of the grapes that are used during production.
White wine is still good for you, but in a lesser degree than red wine mainly because the skin of the grape is removed in the process and green grapes don’t have as high of levels in antioxidants and phytoestrogens. When drinking alcohol as part of your diet, moderation is key.
While a single (one) glass of wine can have health benefits, more than one can have the opposite effect. It is important to limit yourself so that the wine consumption is positive and doesn’t become harmful.