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The Top 8 Health Benefits of Wine

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Though it’s been hotly debated in bars across the country, the results are in: drinking is good for you! Well, that may not be 100% accurate, but when it comes to wine, 1-2 glasses a day has been shown to have fantastic health benefits. As though you need a reason to sit back and drink up.

  1. Lowers Risk of Heart Disease: The antioxidants in red wine, called polyphenols, reduce the risk of blood clotting by keeping blood vessels flexible.
  2. Helps Control Blood Sugar: Resveratrol, found in the skin of red grapes, has been shown to regulate blood sugar as well as lower cholesterol and blood pressure.
  3. Improves Brain Function: Resveratrol also hampers “the formation of beta-amyloid protein, a key ingredient in the plaque found in the brains of people with Alzheimer’s.” Enjoy a glass of red wine with dinner each night to keep your mind sharp.
  4. Reduces Risk of Type 2 Diabetes:  Red wine has been shown to balance blood glucose and insulin levels, which significantly lowers the risk of developing diabetes.
  5. Prevents Cancer: Apparently there’s nothing resveratrol can’t do. This compound has been shown to inhibit the growth of cancer cells in the human body.
  6. Slim Your Waistline: That’s right, drink up to stay slim! Resveratrol actually prevents the growth of fat cells in the body. Yes please!
  7. Promotes Youthful Skin: Because of the high antioxidant levels found in grapes, having one glass of red wine daily helps fortify skin cells. Exercise moderation, though; too much alcohol has a dehydrating effect, causing skin to look dry and brittle.
  8. Longer Life: Wine drinkers live longer than their beer drinking counterparts. If ever there was a reason to open a bottle and raise a toast, this is it!
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Author: eat.clean.health.

Jodi Geigle is a board certified nutrition and wellness professional highly experienced in nutrition counseling, wellness program creation, effective client behavior modification, corporate wellness and large scale team leadership with an emphasis in operations, technology and start up culture. Jodi has been featured in Women's Running, Active.com and MindBodyGreen.

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