There's a lot of research out there that talks about the benefits of red wine, but how exactly can red wine boost your health?
A Brief History
Many of the world's cultures and civilizations have used wine in many ways. Throughout history, wine has been used as a source of energy, as an antibacterial additive to water, and even as a treatment for digestion and insomnia. Wine has been a huge part of the culture and diet of the Mediterranean, and some scientist agree that it is the single most responsible ingredient for the good health associated with the region.
Research shoes that moderate alcohol intake reduces the risk of death from heart disease by up to 35%. Red wine not only contains alcohol, it also contains antioxidants, which can help fight LDL, or "bad" cholesterol. Red wine can help to raise HDL, or "good" cholesterol and can help to thin your blood slightly, both things that lower your risk for blood clots and other cardiovascular issues.
Living a Longer Life
Studies have shown that moderate alcohol intake, along with regular exercise, is the best recipe for a long, happy, and low-stress life. In a study on almost 12,000 Danish people over the course of 20 years, being physically active along with drinking at least one drink per week reduced the risk of a fatal heart attack by 50%.
More recent research has shown that drinking a moderate amount of red wine may potentially help to decrease the risk of colon and prostate cancer.
How Much Should I Drink?
It is vital to note that the health benefits of red wine are completely reversed if you drink too much. Always follow the recommendation from the Dietary Guidelines of no more than one drink per day for women and no more than two for men. One drink is 5 oz or 150 mL. Even if you don't care for the taste or don't want to drink, research shows that cooking with red wine has its own benefits. Overall, drinking red wine in moderation with meals can add years to your life and life to your years.
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