We all know wine has the power to put us in a good mood, release our built-up tension at the end of a stressful day, and create an environment of non-judgement. But there are many other healthy benefit of drinking a glass of wine — specifically red — every day. Here are five of them, according to Reader’s Digest.
You Might Lose Weight
Studies have shown that the phytonutrient resveratrol (found abundantly in wine) may help prevent weight gain. When researchers from Washington State University fed mice a diet of fat and resveratrol, the mice gained about 40 percent less weight, inferring that resveratrol may actually have the power to convert “bad fat” into “good fat.”
Your Immune System Will Get A Boost
According to Reader’s Digest, wine possesses immune system-boosting benefits. Says Kristine Arthur, MD, internist at Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center in Fountain Valley, California, “The antioxidants in wine increases heart-healthy HDL cholesterol as well as keeping the immune system strong.” The HDL helps prevent “bad” plaque build-up in the arteries, which can help prevent heart attacks.
Your Heart Might Get A Boost, Too
If warding off heart attacks and strokes wasn’t enough, the tannins contained in red wine, called procyanidins, are linked to heart disease protections. A study by the Harvard School of Public Health found that men with hypertension, who were moderate drinkers, had a 30 percent less chance of having a heart attack.
Your Vision May Be Improved
Did you know moderate wine consumption is linked to improved vision? Reader’s Digest points to an Icelandic study that found moderate drinkers to be 32 percent less likely to get cataracts than those who did not consume alcohol. In fact, those who preferred wine over beer were 43 percent less likely to develop cataracts.
Your Brain Will Be Sharper
Sure, our brains go downhill as we age, but drinking moderately could keep it on its toes. A study by Columbia University found that moderate drinking can slow brain function decline and keep your brain young.