Let’s Toast to the Health Benefits of Wine
There’s good news for the wine drinkers among you – your beloved drop is actually good for you.
The latest studies indicate that wine, especially of the red variety, has numerous health benefits. This blog is going to explore what advantages there are to a restorative Pinot Noir or a refreshing Sauvignon Blanc.
A quick word on moderation
Just because wine is good for you, it doesn’t mean you’re allowed to pop the cork and guzzle away like Bukowski – these benefits are linked to moderate consumption. What do we mean by moderate consumption? Well The Australia government recommends that you drink no more than two standard drinks per day. Exceeding this amount increases your risk of a long list of health problems.
Now that we’ve got that out of the way, let’s get down to the benefits.
The anti-aging properties of wine have long been discussed, but it was only recently that scientists have been able to determine why. Wine contains resveratrol, which is a compound that reduces inflammation and helps regulate insulin in the body.
It is also linked with longevity, as evidenced by the people of Sardinia and South West France, who are moderate, regular wine drinkers and have one of the highest percentages of centenarians in the world.
It’s good for the brain
We joke about killing off ‘a few brain cells’ when we have a big night on the turps, but it might surprise people that wine can keep you mentally agile. Not only did a Columbia University study show that brain functions decline at a faster rate in non-drinkers, but other studies reveal that it can help prevent conditions that affect the brain, including dementia and depression.
A healthy heart
There is evidence that suggests that wine has two major benefits for the heart.
- It reduces the risk of a heart attack – People who are moderate drinkers with a high blood pressure are less likely to have a heart attack than non-drinkers with the same condition.
- Lowers the risk of heart disease – The tannins in red wine protect the heart against disease because they contain procyanidins. Wines from the Sardinia and South West France region contain higher amounts of procyandins than other wines of the world. Coincidence?
Moderate wine drinking is beneficial to overall health – and not just because of the things that have been previously mentioned. It protects the body against so many ailments (Type 2 Diabetes, stroke, blindness, colon cancer, breast cancer and lung cancer) that if it came in pill form, it would probably be called a wonder drug.
But it’s not, because wine has a darker side as well. Over consumption of alcohol can cause a wide range of health problems, such as:
- Cirrhosis of the liver
- Heart disease
As you can see, wine is actually great for you, providing that you’re not overdoing it. We strongly believe that you can responsibly consume wine and still enjoy it. We recommend that you try some of the great wines Western Australia has to offer – many of which can be found through our app.