Can Drinking Wine Make You Healthier?

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  • Medieval monasteries believed wine helps their monks live longer
  • Drinking wine in moderation offers a range of health benefits
  • Wine is a good source of antioxidants that prevent cellular damage

You might be surprised, but it is long believed that wine is good for the body. Medieval monasteries, for instance, believed that their monks lived longer than the rest of the population partly because they consume wine. Scientific studies now show that drinking wine in moderation indeed offers a range of health benefits!

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Good Source Of Antioxidants

Wine is a good source of antioxidants, compounds that prevent cellular damage caused by inflammation and oxidative stress. Higher antioxidant status is linked to reduced risk of diseases such as Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s disease. Red wines contain higher amounts of antioxidants than white wine.

Good For Mental Health

An occasional glass of wine may reduce the risk of depression. In a 2013 study that analyzed the data of around 5,500 individuals between 55 and 80 years old, researchers found that those who drank between two and seven glasses of wine each week had reduced odds of getting diagnosed with depression.

Prevents Visions Loss

A 2010 research found that the resveratrol in red wine may help prevent vision loss caused by out-of-control growth of blood vessels in the eyes. The overgrowth of blood vessels in the eye, a condition known as angiogenesis, causes diabetic retinopathy and age-related macular degeneration, two of the leading causes of blindness among Americans aged 50 years and above.

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Promotes Healthy Gut Bacteria

Recent studies found evidence suggesting that red wine may promote the growth of beneficial gut bacteria, which helps prevent intestinal problems and benefit the body’s immune system.

In a 2019 study, researchers found that the gut microbiota of red wine consumers have greater number of different bacterial species compared with those who do not consume red wine.

Wine provides a range of health benefits but remember not to drink too much. Wine is beneficial — but only when consumed in moderation!