If you are the type of person that enjoys taking a glass of red wine after a stressful work day, you may be doing right if you’re following certain steps.
Your Bones Will Be Stronger
While it is know that heavy drinking tends to be associated with an increased risk of developing osteoporosis (a thinning and weakening of the bones), there have been studies showing an increase in bone turnover in menopausal women who drank one drink per day on average.
In addition, alcohol can affect the absorption of calcium in the stomach, which can over time affect the ability to build strong bones. It is important to note, however, that regular physical activity also plays a critical role in keeping bones strong and healthy.
Your Brain Will Stay Sharper For Longer
It’s a fact that brain function declines as you age. But one way to keep it in tip-top shape is to drink moderately—for example, by drinking one glass of wine at night. A study by Columbia University analyzed 1,416 people and found that those who enjoyed alcoholic beverages in moderate amounts experienced slower brain function decline than nondrinkers.
You Could Avoid Getting Sick Often
While taking red wine is no replacement for a healthy diet, research has found that wine possesses immune system-boosting benefits.
The antioxidants in wine increases heart-healthy HDL cholesterol as well as keeping the immune system strong. HDL helps to prevent “bad” plaque build-up in the arteries, which can also help prevent heart attacks and strokes.
It Can Help You Manage Your Weight Easily
A number of studies have shown that the resveratrol contained in wine may help prevent weight gain. As a matter of fact, when researchers from Washington State University fed mice a high-fat diet and resveratrol combination, they gained about 40 percent less weight.
The scientists believe that the antioxidant resveratrol may actually convert “bad fat” into “good fat,” though they were unable to prove that this would help shed weight. Keep in mind that wine contains calories, so more is not better; stick to one glass per night for women, two for men.
Your Heart Might Be Stronger
The antioxidant resveratrol is responsible for the heart-boosting benefits of a nightly glass of wine—especially red varietals. The tannins contained in red wine, procyanidins, are associated with protecting against heart disease.
More so, a study by the Harvard School of Public Health, which analyzed data from 11,711 men with hypertension, or abnormally high blood pressure, found that those who drank moderately had a 30 percent less chance of having a heart attack.
Chronic and excessive alcohol intake on the other hand is associated with weakening of the heart, medically termed as cardiomyopathy and heart failure.