How Drinking Red Wine Benefits Your Health


There is something so appealing about a glass of red with a few friends. Or perhaps purchasing an expensive bottle to celebrate an anniversary, birthday, or any special occasion that may arise. However, did you know that red wine can actually be good for your health? Here, we take a deep dive into the advantages of red wine and why a couple of glasses is actually a pretty good thing.

Reverse Bad Health With Resveratrol

A few glasses amongst friends has long been a social pattern. Yet, it seems that a sip of red wine can have more benefits than aiding an active social life. Recent studies have shown that in moderation a glass can reduce the risk of such illnesses as atherosclerosis, cardiovascular disease, type-2 diabetes as well as certain types of cancer, just to name a few. So it seems it’s not an apple a day that keeps the doctor away, but rather something else that’s red. 

This all seems too good to be true, so where exactly do these health advantages come from? Well, red wine contains antioxidant, lipid-regulating and anti-inflammatory effects. These wondrous abilities come from the resveratrol within the wine. This is a natural antioxidant from the skin of grapes. Since red wine ferments for longer than white wine, it contains more of the antioxidant. 

Maintain Your Moderation 

The revelation that there are health benefits linked with your favourite evening drink might make you think you should up your intake, however, this is not the case. Like most things, red wine is best in moderation. Overconsumption of anything can mean that the benefits begin to lose out to the negatives. When it comes to the optimum rule of thumb for your best health, the rule of thumb is everything is good in moderation.

So, the good news is if you already enjoy a glass in the evening, there’s no need to worry. And, if you’re not a big drinker and only really have a glass or two here and there, perhaps at a social occasion, you’re not missing out on vital antioxidants to assist your body, ensuring you enjoy a consistent and varied diet will still make certain you’re getting your daily intake of what your body needs, but the intermittent drink won’t harm your diet.

Happy And Healthy Heart

The number one organ we want to protect inside of our body is our heart, it does a great job of keeping us moving and breathing so it’s only fair we treat it with some respect and kindness. Here is where a glass of vino comes in. An occasional glass of red will aid in raising your HDL cholesterol, otherwise known as the good kind of cholesterol, reduce the possible formation of blood clots and could help to improve the function of the layer of cells lining your blood vessels.

This is all good news, so if you’re already a fan of an occasional tipple, how much should you be drinking? Well, for men it’s an estimated two glasses a night, maximum; and for women, it’s one glass. So now you can have your cake, and eat it too, or rather have your wine and drink it too knowing that you can enjoy this treat that is also aiding your body. There is also good news for non-drinkers who don’t want to miss out on the benefits of a glass of wine, yet don’t want to drink alcohol. Due to the main positive effects coming from the grape’s skin, non-alcoholic red still carries the same benefits without the alcoholic content, so if you need a night off or you’re the designated driver, a virgin red will serve you well. 

Red wine has long been associated with social situations, be it a small gathering with friends, an extravagant dinner party, or a romantic evening with your partner. So many wineries take time and care to create the perfect blends for your palette, perhaps you’re a pinot noir person, or maybe a glass of merlot brings back pleasant memories. Whether you’re having a quiet night in after a long work week or a fun-filled night out, you can revel in the fact that your drink of choice has beneficial effects for your body. And, remember that everything is best in moderation, so to keep the outcomes positive, stick to the recommended amount. So, enjoy your evening and be sure to pick your favourite bottle that pairs well with your meal.

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