Do you enjoy a glass of wine now and then? Sipping some of you wine club delivery is a great accompaniment to a summer patio meal or hearty winter supper or just a nice way to end the day. However, did you know that glass of Chardonnay or Merlot could actually be improving your health?
Health benefits of drinking wine club selections
Wine not only tastes good. Wine, in moderation, offers a variety of health benefits. Below are just a few: (Note: the American Heart Association defines moderate wine consumption as one to two four-ounce glasses per day.)
1. Reduces heart attack risk. According to a 2007 Harvard University study, moderate wine drinkers who had high blood pressure were 30 percent less likely to have a heart attack than non-drinkers with high blood pressure. In addition, a 2006 study by London’s Queen University found that red wines that contain procyanidins (especially the wines from Sardinia and southwest France) helped to protect individuals from developing heart disease.
2. Reduces stroke risk. Drinking wine can also help reduce your risk of having a stroke, according to a 2006 study by Columbia University. They concluded from their study that a person who drinks moderately has 50 percent less risk of developing a blood clot than a non-drinker. (Their study didn’t differentiate between wine and other types of alcoholic beverages.)
3. Reduces the risk of developing type-2 diabetes. A 2005 study by Amsterdam’s VU University Medical Center concluded that moderate drinkers had 30 percent less risk of developing type-3 diabetes than non-drinkers. (Again, their findings apply to those who drink wine as well as those who drink other types of alcoholic beverages.)
4. Reduces the risk of colon cancer. Drinking red wine in moderation, especially drinking those wines with a high level of tannins (Cabernets, Merlots, Malbecs, Meritages, etc.) helps to reduce the risk of developing colon cancer by up to 45 percent. So concluded a 2005 study by New York’s Stony Brook University.
5. Helps to maintain good brain function. That glass of wine can be good for your mind, too. That’s what a 2006 Columbia University study concluded. They found that brain function declines at a markedly faster rate in non-drinkers than in moderate drinkers.
So, don’t feel guilty the next time you raise a glass of Riesling or Cabernet. That wine club you enjoy could actually be helping you.