The health benefits of drinking wine have been studied for centuries. While there are still some unknowns and much more research to be done, we do have enough information to confidently say that drinking the occasional glass of wine has many positive effects.
From mental health to physical health, the old adage "A glass of wine per day keeps the doctors away" is certainly something we believe here at Sip and Savor.
Let's take a closer look at some of the main health benefits.
1. Reduces Heart Disease Risk
With heart disease being the leading cause of death in the U.S., halting the rising statistics is needed now more than over. Health experts do recognize lifestyle choices and changes can prevent or reduce such risk, with moderate red wine consumption even showing to reduce risk by up to 30 to 50 percent and lessening the risk of heart attacks.
2. Maintains Cognition
Although excess intake impairs brain function and clarity, moderate alcohol consumption may unfold a different story. Moderate drinkers, or “winos,” are associated with better cognitive function, along with reducing their risk of vascular dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.
3. Protects Against Stroke
Red wine has not only shown to reduce the risk of stroke (up to 50 percent!), but protects the brain following one. In animal and observational studies, resveratrol has shown to protect the brain against stroke damage, which further supports the brain-protective properties provided by red wine.
4. Supports Gut Health
The polyphenols found in red wine have shown to maintain and improve gut health, primarily by balancing gut bacteria, stimulating healthy bacteria and inhibiting the bad. A healthy gut is further impacted by a nutritious, fiber-filled diet with an adequate intake of fluid.
5. Lowers Diabetes Risk
Compared to other forms of alcohol, wine products may protect against diabetes, even up to a 15 percent reduction risk! Alcohol can also help manage and reduce blood sugar. But with that being said, the concept of moderation is significantly important; the greater intake of alcohol, the greater risk for severe hypoglycemia.
6. Encourages Longevity
A glass a day may keep the doctor away… The potent antioxidant properties of wine may help preserve cell life and resist against damage, ultimately reducing disease span (or a life filled with disease) and encouraging longevity.
7. Combats Inflammation
Wine does contain an antioxidant called resveratrol that is associated with many health benefits, from reduced inflammation to anti-cancer benefits.
8. Helps Fight Allergies
In a recent review of nearly 80 studies published, researchers suggest that flavonoids, an antioxidant found in red wine, could reduce allergy and asthma symptoms.
9. Reduces Risk of Depression
Resveratrol, which has been linked to a number of health benefits, is a compound found in the skin and seeds of grapes and berries. Research has identified resveratrol to have antidepressant effects, as well as helping patients who suffer from anxiety.
Sip and Savor has a variety of healthy wine options for you to choose from. Our Simply 35 Collection is deliciously guilt-free at 35 calories per glass, with just the right amount of sweetness and a wonderful balance of juicy fruit and light citrus flavors.