Raise your hand if you have a hefty Merlot cast on the Monday evening that says "Justify": "But red wine is good for you!" Honestly, the same thing.
Whether you are a total Wino who knows the difference between the base notes of Cabernet and Pinot Noir, or simply enjoy pouring a glass after a long day, you can probably testify to how good a good is Glass Vino is real. (It is no wonder that the ancient Greeks exaggerated the good things and Millennials apparently follow.)
And you have probably said yourself that choosing red wine over white invites the liquor "High Road" the name of your health – but is red wine really good for you? Well, somehow, but it's not that easy. Keep reading so that you never have to guess a glass of red wine again.
The Red Wine Benefits
2. It's good for your skin. Reservatrol can also slow down the growth of acne-causing bacteria and make the skin shine. (Hello, Girls Night and Breakthroughs!)
3. It helps you chill out. Reservatrol also stimulates the release of the stress-response protein PARP-1, which activates genes that are responsible for repairing DNA and promoting longevity. (If you prefer the green stuff, consider this red wine made with THC.)
4. It strengthens pearly white. While a glass of red wine can temporarily turn your teeth (and tongue and lips) a little purple, it actually has some healthy oral benefits. Red wine contains polyphenols, which studies show that harmful bacteria do not adhere to the teeth.
5. It can help with digestion. All these polyphenols are actually pretty hard to digest. That sounds like a bad thing, but a Spanish study has shown that they actually feed the good bacteria in your gut.
6. It could improve your fertility. A Washington University study in St. Louis found that drinking red wine can increase your fertility by communicating with an increased number of eggs in your ovarian reserve.
7. It could help you lose weight. Just listen to the positive results of these studies: One from Washington State University shows that Resveratrol helps turn "white fat" into "beige fat", the latter being easier to burn. Another Harvard University surveyed 20,000 women over 13 years and found that those who drank two glasses of wine daily were 70 percent less likely to be overweight. In addition, other research has shown that resveratrol suppresses your appetite. Bam. (Continue reading: Does Red Wine Help Lose Weight?)
8. It could even increase your exercise performance. Say what ?! Really – two studies have shown that Resveratrol can mimic physical activity and improve exercise performance (you see, it was magical). However, the studies were done on rats and not on humans. They show that much more resveratrol is needed than in a glass of wine to take advantage of it. In a glass of red wine, there is only about 0.29 to 1.89 milligrams per 5 fl oz (one serving), says Lauren Schmitt, registered nutritionist, certified personal trainer and owner of Healthy Eating and Training Inc. This is much less than 146 + milligrams used in the study. That means, yes, you would have to get smashed on Syrah before you notice any performance improvements (and your intoxication and the next hangover would probably ruin that anyway.)
The Catch: Is Red Wine Good For You, Really
To take advantage of the benefits of red wine, you have to drink a lot and heavy drinking brings with it a number of disadvantages, such as increased breast cancer risk, serious health effects, and reduced chance of achieving your weight loss and fitness goals reach . Not to mention the increase in alcohol consumption (also called alcoholism) among young women, and the number of young adults dying from alcohol-related liver disease and cirrhosis has been rising at an alarming rate.
So, yes, red wine has some benefits and it enjoys it here and on behalf of #balance it can be healthy, but it's best to limit yourself to one glass of red wine a day (though it's the temptation, to drink half of the bottle). In addition, wine is also loaded with sugar (it is made from grapes ). You can choose dry wines instead of sweet wines to reduce the sweets, but portion control is your biggest ally.
Aaannddd, If That Does not Kill Your Buzz: Sad research on the health benefits of red wine has been targeted for production, while another study found that the safest amount of alcohol that should be consumed is good. Sigh.
In addition to drinking in moderation, it is important to note down your drinking habits: here are 5 common red wine faults that you could possibly make that could turn this elixir of life into something unhealthy. Also consider the benefits of giving up alcohol altogether (or at least for a short while, à la Dry January) to better understand how to use alcohol in social situations to cope with emotions and to see how Your life could just be better without it – even if a little red wine is good for you.