by Sarah Shotwell

Today is National Drink Wine Day, and it’s a perfect excuse to stop and admire the many ways wine enriches our lives and improves our health. Many of the benefits of wine can be found in non-alcoholic wines and grape juices, too, so now matter what lifestyles we lead, we can all reap the ample rewards of the amazing grape.

Wine may help us live longer.

The ingredient in red wine that hints toward a longer lifespan is a plant compound called resveratrol, a powerful antioxidant. While its benefits have been debated for several decades, a 2013 study by Harvard Medical seems to confirm that these life-extending benefits are the real deal!

Wine may give us healthier hearts.

While it has long been believed that a diet high in saturated fat leads to heart disease, in the 1980s it was discovered that the French (who traditionally have had diets high in rich fats) were showing lower levels of heart disease than most of the world. The French inclusion of 1-2 glasses of red wine each day has been named as the likely reason for this.

Wine lowers our stress levels and makes us happy.

People have been unwinding and socializing with wine for more than 5,000 years, and now research is starting to back up what human beings have known for a long time: that those who consume wine in safe quantities show lower stress levels and a higher enjoyment of life. Ancient wisdom? We’ll drink to that!

*While the standard recommendation is 1-2 small glasses of wine per day, safe consumption differs from person to person. Drinking too much negates the health benefits, so please talk to your physician about what is right for you.

 

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