There’s no need to feel guilty the next time you order a glass of merlot or cabernet during dinner. In fact, it may actually be good for your health.
Medical evidence suggests drinking red wine in moderation can provide you several health benefits, including:
- Help with aging. The antioxidants in red wine can help prevent the damage responsible for aging and for degenerative conditions like Alzheimer’s, type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Guercetin, one of the antioxidants, may help prevent lung cancer. And research has shown that resveratrol, the same red wine antioxidant that helps protect your heart, can also kill cancerous cells.
- Protecting your heart. Red wine contains a powerful antioxidant compound, resveratrol. The compound protects your heart and arteries against the negative effects of saturated fat, which can help prevent cardiovascular disease. The flavanoids and sapponins in red wine also protect your heart by raising your levels of “good” HDL cholesterol, and lowering the damage done by “bad” LDL cholesterol.
- Strengthening your teeth. Even nonalcoholic red wine can help harden your enamel and help prevent tooth decay. The polyphenols in red wine can also help prevent gum disease.
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Please remember that drinking any kind of alcoholic beverage in excess can lead to serious health problems, so limit all alcohol consumption accordingly. Some suggest limiting consumption to one glass a day for women and two for men.
There is also an important caveat for nondrinkers: According to the American Heart Association, there is insufficient evidence to recommend that nondrinkers start drinking red wine as a protective measure. Also, the health benefits of drinking red wine may be influenced by genetics, physical activity, smoking, social life and environment