I am among the many who enjoy the occasional glass of wine. This is why I was pleased to hear that drinking red, in particular, can be good for you if done in moderation. In fact, upon investigation, I found that it actually packs quite a punch when it comes to delivering some serious health benefits. Below are four major reasons why up to a glass of red wine a day can improve your health. So drink up and get ready to reap the rewards of this indulgent antioxidant, but take ever care not to overindulge. Remember that too much of a good thing can, unfortunately, be bad.
Red Wine for Cancer Prevention
Resveratrol, found plentifully in red wine, is a polyphenol compound that contains important antioxidants that block free radicals from harming the body, according to Resveratrol: The Antioxidant Compound in Red Wine at diabetesinfocenter.org and other like sources. The presence of this plant compound is thought to have rich anticancer properties that some studies suggest to be instrumental in both preventing cancer and, more specifically, in blocking tumor growth, as explained in the article Red Wine May Prevent Cancer by Melanie Haiken at Caring.com.
Red Wine for the Prevention of Heart Disease
There is no doubt that flavonoids, like those contained in red wine, are instrumental in preventing heart disease as touted by thousands of health sources including Your-Health-and-Wellness-Guide.com. In fact, A Glass of Red Wine a Day Keeps the Doctor Away further details this phenomena on the Yale-New Haven Hospital Website, suggesting that drinking a glass of red wine each day could be effective in helping to raise your good cholesterol, aiding in overall thinning of your blood and even reducing the formation of blood clots within the body. All of these add up to some pretty powerful prevention for coronary incident.
Red Wine for Weight Control
Red wine may even aid in maintaining a healthy weight as it is one of the lowest calorie alcoholic beverages you can consume per serving, according to Fitness Magazine . Furthermore, Cosmopolitan magazine goes so far as to claim that it may as well help you to burn more calories and eat less. Read more about this potential benefit in their online article by Mina Azodi Is Wine the New Diet Drink?
Red Wine in Moderation Provides that Little Relaxation
Finally, one cannot overlook the most common known benefit of enjoying an occasional glass of red wine. It certainly goes far in providing a little relaxation at the end of the day.