Red Wine Benefits

Are you a red wine drinker?

glass with red wine

If you’ve followed health news and updates over the years, you’ve definitely seen discussions about the possible benefits of drinking a glass of red wine day.

Here are several surprising red wine benefits that may just be a glass away. While this is just a partial list and far from exhaustive, it goes to show just how widespread the benefits of red wine are.

Heart Health

Omega-3 appears to help protect against heart disease. While omega-3 consumption typically comes from fish, red wine also seems to boost omega-3 levels.

Diabetes

Another red wine benefit is its ability to lower the risk of type 2 diabetes. The ingredients of ethanol and revesterol play an important role in the process, both which are found in red wine.

Vision

The resveratrol found in red wine seems to be helpful in preventing vision loss through managing blood vessel growth. Two causes of blindness related to blood vessels growing too large are macular degeneration and diabetic retinopathy.

Immune System

“Moderate alcohol consumption can ward off infections and keep your immune system in check,” says wideopeneats.com. However, “excessive consumption can lead to negative effects.” So moderation is key.

Caution

Just a word of caution before you make any decisions.

According to the Mayo Clinic, “Red wine’s potential heart-healthy benefits look promising. Those who drink moderate amounts of alcohol, including red wine, seem to have a lower risk of heart disease…. Neither the American Heart Association nor the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute recommends that you start drinking alcohol just to prevent heart disease. Alcohol can be addictive and can cause or worsen other health problems.”

So make sure to speak to your doctor to see if red wine may be good for you.

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