Red wine is what the French women credit for their beauty, even at an older age. So we know red wine has anti-aging powers, but what other powers does it possess?
1. It Lowers the Risk of Heart Attack
Studies show that drinking a mild amount of red wine a day lowers risk of heart attack in middle aged people by 30 - 50%. For women, the recommended "dose" is only one glass, men get two. They say it can help to prevent additional heart attacks to those who have already suffered one.
2. Helps Cholesterol
Other studies have shown that drinking the recommended amount of red wine every day help your cholesterol! Red wine raises the HDL (which is good cholesterol) and lowers your LDL (bad cholesterol) by preventing it from forming.
3. It Prevents Blood Clots
Alcohol is a natural blood thinner, so of course, red wine reduces and prevents blood clots. Just be sure not to drink too much! Some have associated bleeding problems from drinking too much red wine, as it's most potent among wines!
4. Prevents Tooth Decay
Both regular and non-alcoholic red wine have been found to prevent tooth decay. They help to prevent harmful bacteria from adhering to the tooth's enamel. Some studies are showing that it may also help to fight gum diseases as well.
5. Helps Prevent Alzheimer's
Studies on 2006 showed that drinking red wine reduced the risk of getting Alzheimers. Though, as far as I can tell, right now, it's just a theory mice proved. But hey, what if, right?
6. Aids in Digestion
Many greasy foods have damaging compounds in them that make digestion a nightmare and increase toxins in your body. Drinking red wine with a greasy meal will allow the wine to neutralize these compounds by 60-70 percent! The ability to do this comes from the beneficial polyphenols that are in the wine!
7. It's Rich in Antioxidants
Yep! The rich, antioxidant flavenoids found in red wine are the reason that red wine has so many healthy benefits!
Does this article mean you should start drinking red wine if you don't already? No. Drinking alcohol of any kind increases other health risks for those who have never drank it. However, if you're among the many that already drink it, just remember to drink in moderation. Stay within the AHA recommended drinks per day and no more!
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