You don’t need to be a sommelier to love wines. Wines have achieved an essential status in most of our social life. Besides, what’s a get-together without some wine, right? I always love a glass of good wine after a stressful day at work. Something about its fragrance and the way it swirls so smoothly in my glass makes me feel relaxed and calm.
Whether you are a red or white wine kind of person, here are some additional excuses to have a few more sips of that flavourful fluid.
1. Lower cholesterol
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According to a study, the Tempranillo red grapes used to make some red wines (for example, Rioja) can effectively reduce cholesterol levels by 9 to 12%. High cholesterol levels may lead to the stiffening of arteries, causing blood pressure to increase. In worse cases, it may lead to heart attacks. So, raise your glasses and let us cheers to lower cholesterol!
2. Healthier heart
Procyanidins in red wine neutralize free radicals and can improve blood vessel cell health, improving blood flow and preventing cardiovascular disease.
3. Reduce risk of stroke
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Red wine also helps to keep blood vessels flexible to reduce chances of clotting. By thinning out the blood and breaking down blood clots, the risk of stroke is significantly reduced. However, only moderate consumption of wine has such benefits. Overdrinking causes higher risks of heart attack.
4. Increase bone density
If you find yourself fracturing your bones often, chances are that your bones are thinning. Bone density drops as we age. This process, while inevitable, can be slowed down either by consuming food rich in calcium, or by sipping on a glass of wine. Red wines are rich in silicon, which increases the density of your bones, reducing risks of osteoporosis.
5. Reduce risk of cancer
According to a research, drinking an average of 4 to 7 glasses of red wine each week reduces men’s chances of prostate cancer to 52%. The antioxidants in wine eliminate free radicals, reducing the risk of cancers such as colon, prostate and breast cancer.
Although red wine provides health benefits, these are only true if you stick to the rule of moderation. According to 2005 Dietary Guidelines, women should drink only about 150ml, while men can drink about 300ml ounces of wine a day. Overdrinking has reverse effects on your health.
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