Moderate consumption of red wine, around one glass per day for women and two for men, can bring a number of health benefits.Research has shown that sensible drinking of this alcoholic beverage can help to prevent eye disease, improve mentally agility and can actually remove bacteria from teeth.
Here are five health benefits of red wine that may surprise lovers of that simple grape drink.
An anti-aging tonic
The anti-aging properties of wine have been researched and documented for well over a thousand of years. More recent studies undertaken by institutes such as the University of London have found that this drink can help to keep the blood vessels healthy leading to a longer life-span. Traditionally produced red wines contain much higher levels of procyanidin compounds than found in other wines. The famous Mediterranean diet is recognised as one of the healthiest in the world and a daily glass or two is a regular feature of this healthy eating plan.
The dieter’s favourite
Moderate amounts of red vino can help to stop women becoming overweight during middle age. A couple of glasses with meals is said to lead to a boost in energy post-consumption, which is turn offsets the amount of calories in the drink. Those who consume red instead of white have a reduced likelihood of becoming overweight in later life.
Helping to beat disease
This popular drink has also been linked to reduced risk of serious diseases such as colon cancer. It’s the chemical compound called resveratrol, found in red grapes, is thought to help prevent cancers, heart disease and even diabetes. A study by the French Institute of Health and Medical Research found that resveratrol plus a simple aspirin might be the answer towards reducing the risk of diseases as well as contributing towards a prolonged life-span.
Keeping teeth and eyes healthy
Researchers at the Spanish National Research Council have found that grape seed extract and wine, can help to reduce the risk of cavities in teeth. Wine, even the non-alcoholic red variety is effective when it comes to eliminating the bacteria that causes damage to teeth. The amazing benefits of this drink also stretch to reducing the risk of age related macular degeneration and diabetic retinopathy, a major cause of blindness in those aged 50 and over. Again, it’s the chemical compounds found in a glass of red that can help to stop blood-vessel growth in the eye.
Good mental health
A reduced risk of dementia such as Alzheimer’s disease has been linked to a daily dose of red. Studies conducted by the German Central Institute of Mental Health in Mannheim revealed that it only took between two and three units per day, over a three year period, to reduce the risk of dementia by almost a third.
The benefits of drinking a glass or two of this type of alcoholic drink have been the subject of debate and scientific studies for many years. It could be that red wine is one of the least expensive, health-beneficial tonics available on the market.
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