In our earlier articles, we featured how red wine is good for the heart and highlighted five important health benefits – longevity, boosting immune system, preventing Alzheimer’s, keeping depression at bay, and reducing the risk of osteoporosis.
Now, we present another five health benefits of wine, according to Science.
Drinking wine may help reduce the risk of having osteoporosis
Researchers have associated moderate consumption of wine with improved bone density. As people age, their bones become thinner and weaker.
New studies show that drinking wine in moderation may help lower the risk of having osteoporosis.
Osteoporosis is a bone disease that is most common to women after they have reached the menopausal stage. It makes the bone brittle and more fragile, with increased susceptibility to bone fracture.
A glass or two of wine daily can protect women from thinning bones. It appears that modest consumption of wine bridges the imbalance between the dissolving old bone and the poor production of new bone that can lead to osteoporosis in older women.
So, to older women, raise your glasses and keep osteoporosis at bay with a moderate intake of wine.
Drinking wine can help prevent obesity
There is a difference between overweight and obesity.
Overweight refers to an excess amount of body weight that may come from muscles, bone, fat and water.
Obesity, on the other hand, refers to excessive amounts of body fat.
Based on Global Health Observatory (GHO) data, at least 2.8 million people in the world die each year as a result of being overweight or obese.
Wine, specifically white wine, contains the antioxidant called epicatechin, quercetin, and resveratrol. These antioxidants can reduce levels of cholesterol and may also support weight loss by burning belly fats and by decreasing inflammation commonly associated with obesity.
In essence, white wine promotes weight loss by burning belly fat and by decreasing anti-inflammatory properties.
Drinking wine can improve eyesight
Ophthalmologists say that the resveratrol which can be found in wine may be beneficial to the eyes.
Resveratrol prevents age-related deterioration of eye muscles. One of the age-related deteriorations of eye muscles is called macular degeneration.
Macular degeneration is a leading cause of vision loss and is considered an incurable eye disease. This is the deterioration of the central portion of the retina, which is called the macula, which records the images we see.
The macula is responsible for our ability to read, recognise, and see objects in fine detail.
Resveratrol, which can be found in wine and grapes, prevent the growth of blood vessel in the eyes that can lead to macular degeneration.
Now that you know wine can prevent age-related deterioration of eye muscles, say goodbye to carrots and drink up your wine for better eye health.
Wine can protect the teeth against dental plaque
Wine may help prevent dental caries by prohibiting the growth of certain bacteria found in oral biofilm, according to researches done by the American Chemical Society. Wine can slow down the growth of bacteria that can cause cavities.
Polyphenols, wine, and grape seed extract can slow down the growth of bacteria responsible for the formation of plaque and tooth decay.
However, optimal oral health still results from daily dental hygiene. Brushing, flossing and regular visits to the dentist are still the best recommendations, but including wine into your diet can increase your defences against dozens of possible teeth and gum diseases.
Remember that although wine can inhibit the growth of bacteria that can cause tooth decay, a daily dental hygiene routine is still the best way to protect our teeth from decaying.
Drinking wine keeps the skin healthy
High levels of antioxidants in wine, when applied directly to the skin, can inhibit the growth of acne-causing bacteria and help maintain healthy skin. Antioxidants rejuvenate the skin, increase skin elasticity and keep the skin bright and glowing.
Wine can stimulate blood circulation, which can prevent wrinkle formation and skin ageing. However, when one drinks in excess, it makes hormone flow lose its balance and may cause skin dehydration and aggravate the chances of acne.
Wine contains antioxidants and polyphenols that are essential to keep the skin healthy, but the keyword is always “moderation” as excessive drinking has adverse effects.
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