Recently you can’t turn around in a science journal without tripping over an article extolling the health virtues of wine. Whether it be scientific curiosity or scientists’ oenophilia it has had the decided effect to give wine a certain yoga-chic cache, it’s not just good, but also good for you. In case you needed an excuse to uncork a bottle tonight here are a few examples of how a glass of wine a day can keep the doctor away.
- Heart Health - Amidst all of the recent talk about polyphenols and resveratrol being heart healthy major publications have left out two major facts 1) all of the resveratrol studies done thus fsr are on mice and 2) to get the doses sufficient to affect heart health you would need to consume over 100 bottles per day but all is not lost! Alcohol, in moderation, raises good cholesterol, lowers bad cholesterol and reduces the formation of blood clots. So, even if it’s not for the reason you thought, wine is good for the old ticker.
- Memory - Granted after too much wine you may not remember details to clearly, Professor Matthew During of the University of Auckland, New Zealand, along with Dr Maggie Kalev have demonstrated that alcohol use challenges the brain and it responds by building memory. Too much alcohol and the memory building was focused on memories of highly emotional stimuli, but moderate alcohol uses demonstrated better retention across the board.
- Trimmer Tummy Studies at the University of Buffalo have shown that folks who consume moderate amounts of alcohol on a regular basis (1-2 drinks per day) had less belly fat than binge drinkers (3+ drinks sporadically). Wine drinkers were shown to have slimmer waistlines than liquor drinkers and those who abstain from drinking, A similar Australian study showed 25% less belly fat on women who regularly consume wine than women who do not drink.
- Bone Density - Dr. Katherine Tucker, of Tufts University in Boston, Massachusetts, found that, in women, one to two glasses of wine per day increased Bone Mineral Density by up to 5%.
- Better Blood Sugar Control – Recent studies have shown wine, specifically red wine, inhibits the activity of a target enzyme called alpha-glucosidase, which triggers the absorption of glucose from the digestive tract into the bloodstream, resulting in steadier blood sugar levels following meals.