4 Reasons to Drink Wine

Today is National Drink Wine Day! “I thought that was every day,” you probably said to yourself as you read that. Well. If you’re the kind of person that needs excuses to drink things, you should know that NDWD is not to be confused with National Wine Day, which is on May 25. Now you have two reasons to break out the decanter!

Ever wonder why the French are always so fit despite a steady diet of bread and cheese? Wine might have a lot to do with it! Of all alcoholic beverages, wine is the only one that doubles as a party drink AND a health source. Below are some reasons to sip slowly and reap the benefits of vino.

1. Live Longer

Like blueberries, cranberries and acai, red wine has been found to sport some sweet anti-aging properties. The trick lies in resveratrol, which is found in the skins of red grapes and subsequently improves health and prolongs lifespan. Resveratrol also improves sensitivity to insulin, which helps to reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes.

2. See Better

Carrots aren’t the only foods that improve vision. Our favorite phenol, resveratrol, helps to curb excessive blood vessel growth in the eye, which causes blindness. A 2003 Icelandic study also found that those who consume wine in moderate amounts are 32 percent less likely to develop cataracts, nature’s sober version of beer goggles.

3. Breathe Deeply

Moderate wine drinkers are significantly less likely to die from lung issues and cardiovascular issues such as heart attacks. Wine increases blood flow, which cuts down the risk of heart-damaging blood clots. It also helps to balance good (HDL) and bad (LDL) cholesterol, which prevents blocked arteries that lead to angina and heart attacks.  Wine promotes better lung function, and smokers who don’t plan on giving up nicotine any time soon will be happy to hear that moderate wine consumption will reduce their risk of lung cancer despite their habit.

4. Cut Calories

A glass of wine is only about 100 calories, small potatoes compared to most pints of beer or mixed hard alcohols, even when the mixer is diet soda. A glass with dinner can also aid digestion and ward off common stomach irritations.

Wine is also a natural de-stressor, and stress promotes a number of psychosomatic illnesses that can lead to bigger issues. Drinking wine in moderation can definitely improve your health, but drinking to excess definitely never will. Remember that there’s a huge difference between being relaxed and being wasted, and sip carefully! What’s your favorite type of wine?

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