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Is Red Wine Good For You?

5 Healthy Reasons to Have a Glass of Wine Tonight

It seems like no one can get enough of red wine, scientists included; every day there seems to be another study touting the amazing benefits of the plum-colored beverage. Lucky for us, the proof is in the long-stemmed glass (just one, since drinking more may be detrimental to your health). Here are five reasons unwinding with a glass of red after a long day should be on your list of to-dos — one reason for every workday!

  1. It's good for your heart: Antioxidants in red wine called flavonoids have been shown to reduce the risk of heart disease by lowering LDL (bad cholesterol) levels and increasing the production of good cholesterol. According to researchers at the University of California, Davis, certain varietals have more concentrations of flavonoids than others. Of the most common red varietals, Cabernet Sauvignon has the most flavonoids, followed closely by Petite Sirah and Pinot Noir, then Merlot and Red Zinfandel.
  2. It can lower depression: While heavy drinking has been linked to mental health problems, drinking a glass of red wine a day may do the opposite. A recent study found that moderate drinkers (those who drank two to seven small glasses of wine a week) were less likely to suffer from depression than those who drank more or less.
  3. It can help your gut: That morning bowl of Greek yogurt isn't the only thing that's helping your gut. A study found that drinking red wine increases the amount of good bacteria levels in your digestive tract.
  1. It may help you lose fat: New research is studying the effects of piceatannol, a compound found in red wine that is converted from the antioxidant resveratrol, has on fat. A recent lab study found that piceatannol blocks fat cells from forming, and more studies are looking at how the compound can help us slim down.
  2. It can improve memory: Polyphenols, also found in tea, nuts, berries, and cocoa, can improve your memory and may also decrease the risk of Alzheimer's disease.
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sparklestar sparklestar 8 years
dpmsurf dpmsurf 8 years
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LaurenG22 LaurenG22 8 years
Spectra- what weird ass red wine are YOU drinking that it is sweet!?
susy487 susy487 8 years
Red wine :) yay.. Enjoying a Bottlenotes club shipment of a Watershed Shiraz :)
crayolasky crayolasky 8 years
alcohol* not alcoholic haha...
crayolasky crayolasky 8 years
I wish other kinds of alcohol had the same benefits (college student here, lol). Actually I'm not big on alcoholic, but I really don't like wine :/ Iguess it's just an acquired taste...
i-heart-monster i-heart-monster 8 years
I've always wondered why red wine and grape juice aren't purported to have the same effects - and always thought that grape juice would be healthier for you... but who knows. I'll stick with the non-alcoholic version, thanks.
Spectra Spectra 8 years
I wish I liked red wine. I'm more of a beer or vodka person myself, but I do enjoy the occasional Chardonnay. Red wine is too sweet for me.
Lo-Lo291303 Lo-Lo291303 8 years
I WISH I could enjoy a nice glass of red wine every now and then. I think I'm allergic to it, because every time I indulge, I get a massive headache!
mamasitamalita mamasitamalita 8 years
amen bonniebonnie. if I'm gonna go, I'll go out clinking a wine glass
tlsgirl tlsgirl 8 years
LOL, bonniebonnie. I'm having myself a glass of yummy wine right now.
Antioxidant Antioxidant 8 years
I looove red wine. One glass about 3 times a week is not going to give anyone cancer.
LaurenG22 LaurenG22 8 years
ummm live a little one glass of wine is not going to cause cancer.
aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
So true kitty!!
bonniebonnie bonniebonnie 8 years
I love a glass of red wine... it gives me a chance to not think about how everything causes cancer.
Sara-Rose Sara-Rose 8 years
Yum yum slurp!
kittyhill kittyhill 8 years
I agree with aimmeb; I was just looking for a link when she posted. If you want the polyphenols, have a glass of grape or pomegranate juice a day! The alcohol just isn't worth it.
xtinabeena xtinabeena 8 years
I wish I could stick to just one glass.... so not happening !
aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
Funny you should post this because just on the news this morning was a study that alcohol-beer, wine and what not are linked to increasing cancer (such as breast) in women.
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