I know-most of us don’t need additional incentives to drink more wine. But who said having a little bit more info to ease our minds was a bad thing?
If you haven’t been sure if drinking wine with your meal is actually of benefit to you or not, wonder no more. Or maybe you already know the benefits.
Naturally, downing the whole bottle is too much, but having a small glass of wine with your dinner can actually be of benefit. Here’s why:
1) Wine Helps With Your Digestion
A study done in The Clinical Investigator found that drinking white wine can help you digest your dinner.
While it was done way back in the 1990s, the study did find that white wine and beer both helped the stomach empty itself faster.
Why? Still working on that. At the time, researchers weren’t quite sure, but it seemed to work.
2) It Helps Make Stronger Bones
It may seem too good to be true, but a study done back in 2012 by scientists at Oregon State University found that drinking moderate amounts of alcohol might benefit bone health in women.
The study published in the journal Menopause described how our bones are constantly being reformed in our bodies. New bone replaces old bone.
In people who develop osteoporosis, the new bone isn’t being generated as quickly as the old, leaving the bones weakened. Women who drink moderate amounts of alcohol- about 1 or 2 drinks per day -have been shown to have a slower rate of bone turnover, resulting in higher bone density.
“Drinking moderately as part of a healthy lifestyle that includes a good diet and exercise may be beneficial for bone health, especially in postmenopausal women,” said Urszula Iwaniec, an associate professor in the College of Public Health and Human Sciences at OSU and one of the study’s authors. “After less than 24 hours to see such a measurable effect was really unexpected,” she added.
Both non-drinkers and heavy drinkers have been found to have a lower bone density than modest drinkers.
3) It Has Anti-Aging Properties
According to Harvard Medical School researchers, drinking wine may make you age less quickly. A chemical found in red wine called resveratrol has been found to help stall the clock in humans. I’ll take that with a grain of salt even if it is coming from Harvard.
Senior author David Sinclair, a Harvard Medical School professor of genetics, did have this to say about it:
“Things there are also looking promising. We’re finding that ageing isn’t the irreversible affliction that we thought it was,” he commented in an interview with CBS News. “Some of us could live to 150, but we won’t get there without more research.”
4) It May Improve Your Memory
This fact also comes back to that marvel chemical, resveratrol. Along with slowing down the aging process, resveratrol, found in wine, has been credited with improving memory.
The study was published in The Journal of Neuroscience, and it had participants take resveratrol supplements over a six-month period. It found that, compared with those who received the placebo, those who took resveratrol during this time period had better short term memory abilities.
5) It Can Reduce Stress
According to some, studies have shown a link between drinking moderate amounts of alcohol and suffering from less depression and stress. There are many ways to reduce stress, of course, but a glass of wine can’t hurt!
Everything in moderation, and don’t get behind the wheel after you drink. Bon appetite!