Staying Healthy The Fun Way: 4 Health Facts You Didn't Know About Wine

We all indulge in the odd glass or two after a long day, or with a special meal. But is this indulgence as decadent as we let ourselves believe or is wine actually good for our health? Here’re four areas of health in which that glass of wine is actually doing you some good.

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  1. Longevity

Yup, that’s right. There are credible statistics that state that regular wine drinkers live longer than those who drink beers or spirits. So order a few more bottles from the online liquor store, there’re all kinds of ways these vintages can help you live longer.

People with high blood pressure who drink a moderate amount of wine, have been shown to have a lower incidence of heart attacks than non-drinkers. With a reduced risk of thirty per cent, this benefit is not to be sniffed at.

Wine helps your heart in a number of other ways as well. It has been widely publicised that the tannins in red wine reduce the risk of heart disease; but did you know vintages from certain regions are more beneficial than others? If it’s a heart attack you want to avoid, opt for wines from the southwest of France and Sardinia in particular.

2. Chronic Disease

It’s not just your heart that stands to gain some benefits from the odd glass of wine. It has also been shown to be beneficial for people suffering from chronic illness as well with a moderate consumption reducing type two diabetes by thirty per cent.

3. Age-Related Health Issues

This clever little tipple has been shown to lower the risk of stroke. This benefit isn’t just limited to wine though. People who drink a moderate amount of alcohol suffer fifty per cent fewer blood-clot related strokes than those who abstain completely.

If you want to avoid degenerative brain function as you age, wine can help you with that. Although in fairness so can beer and spirits. A study by Columbia University found that brain function declines at a markedly slower rate amongst drinkers than non-drinkers.

Cataracts too occur less frequently in wine drinkers. A moderate consumption of any alcohol over an extended period will reduce your risk by thirty-two per cent, but drinking wine further lowers it by another eleven per cent. That means us wine drinkers are forty-three percent less likely to suffer cataracts in our twilight years than the rest of the population. Pass the corkscrew!


4. Cancer

With the majority of us have seen someone close to us touched by cancer and we are keen to avoid our partners and children having to watch us battle this terrible disease. Well, here’s some good news you really weren’t expecting, a study by Stony Brook University found that wine cuts the risk of colon cancer. Any wine consumed in moderate amounts will do it, but red wine is especially beneficial and can reduce the risk by as much as forty-five per cent.

So pour yourself another glass and toast to your good health. After all, it’s purely medicinal!

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