Happy Drink Wine Day!
PSA: There’s a day dedicated to drinking wine! February 15th is Drink Wine Day and we salute whoever came up with this great idea. Whether your drink is chilled or room temperature, red or white, pour yourself a glass of wine and drink up some healthy benefits. Now we don’t usually think of alcohol as being a “healthy” choice, but you may be surprised to find that wine actually has many health benefits.
- Contains antioxidants. Fortunately, wine may be able to help with free radicals – the cause of many terrible health problems. White wine specifically is packed with antioxidants that work to attack free radicals.
- Boosts your immune system. Something you may have not known is that moderate consumption of alcohol can actually help your body fight off infections and support your immune system. Remember, it should be a moderate consumption, too much alcohol consumption can also negatively affect your body.
- Increases bone density. It’s the unfortunate truth – the older we get the more brittle our bones become. At a young age we are encouraged to drink plenty of milk to increase our calcium levels. Now that you’re older we are encouraging you to drink a glass of wine. Red wine has high levels of silicon, which is great for your bone mineral density!
- Reduces the risk of stroke. Did you know, wine is a natural blood thinner? Red wine can help break up blood clots that can lead to a stroke. A study found that red grape skins could help protect against stroke when the grapes are turned into wine. Additionally, although wine can have positive effects on the blood, too much wine can have negative effects. Heavy drinkers have a higher risk of heart attacks.
- Reduces the risk of type 2 diabetes. Diabetes can be super scary and frustrating. It’s a huge responsibility to always have to sharply watch what you’re putting in your body. But hey, if you’re at risk of type 2 diabetes, wine could possibly help. Resveratrol, which can be found in red wine, has been shown to improve sensitivity to insulin.
Like everything in life, moderation is key. We recommend you pouring yourself a glass of wine but we don’t mean an entire glass filled all the way up. In terms of wine, a glass is usually considered to be 5 ounces. Additionally, it is important to note that women should have one glass of wine to be within the health range and men are allowed two glasses.
Not a wine person? Its ok, it’s not for everyone. Luckily there are resveratrol supplements that you can take to get a powerful dose of these benefits without having to consume the beverage.