Updated: Aug 21, 2022
From having better teeth and eyes to helping you live longer, having a glass of wine has some well-documented benefits. Here are a few of them:
You Can Live Longer
Aint’ that sweet? Everyone wants a little sip from the elixir of life. And who knew that wines could stand in as viable elixirs of life? We aren’t kidding. Recently, it was discovered that people in the Blue Zone—and specifically in the Island of Ikaria—who live longer than people in other parts of the world.
People in Sardinia and Crete are big on anti-aging diet plans and sipping wine is part of their daily fare! In fact, it has been found that resveratrol—which is found in red wine—is good for health since it activates longevity-promoting proteins called sirtuins. This is a bunch of genes that has anti-aging properties.
It Makes You Smarter
We say get smarter, and not look smarter—although anyone with a glass of wine looks classy enough to pass as a smart person. There’s research that proves resveratrol boosts memory, and short-term memory in particular. Imagine if Guy Pearce in Memento had been big on wine!
Wine helps you retain events in your brain since it stimulates the hippocampus, amygdala, and the cerebellum—the parts of your brain which create and contain memories.
Okay, it Helps You Look Smarter Too
Here are two options: drink wine at home, or go tire yourself at the gym? Some scientists have found that resveratrol helps improve your standard bone, brain, and even heart function. These are also the functions that you improve when you hit the gym.
Although no, we aren’t saying that it’s an alternative to working out—we’re saying when you do both, you’ll be on a (wine) barrel roll.
Drink to Me, But Only with Thine Eyes
Little did Ben Johnson know the connection between wine consumption and healthy eyes when he wrote To Celia, but the connection is there. In fact, the Washington University School of Medicine has confirmed— resveratrol is highly effective in terms of controlling abnormal growth of blood vessels in the eyes.
What if we told you that you could substitute your toothpaste for red wine? Well of course toothpaste is cheaper, but that doesn’t mean wine doesn’t work brilliantly against the bacteria on your teeth.
And Finally, Keep Cancer Away
A menace like cancer needs to be nipped in the bud. Since there’s no cure, you’ll need to work with prevention. Wine is made from red grapes which can act as aromatase inhibitors—this effectively reduces your chances of getting breast cancer. Resveratrol in particular can help block cancer cell pathways and help in prevention
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