In a recent study conducted by Health Magazine, America is likely to edge out France and Italy with the highest overall total wine consumption in the near future, according to one analyst, and with women buying more than 6 out of every 10 bottles sold in the country. This shouldn’t be classed as an alarming stat considering the benefits of drinking wine that are well publicized.
Extensive studies show that people who drink wine daily have lower body mass than those who indulge occasionally and that moderate wine drinkers have narrower waists and less abdominal fat than people who drink liquor. Alcohol may encourage your body to burn extra calories for as long as 90 minutes after you drink a glass.
When researchers gave memory quizzes to women in their 70s, those who had one drink or more every day scored much higher than those who drank less or not at all. Tedd Goldfinger of the University of Arizona, School of Medicine explains that wine aids in the prevention of clots and reduction of blood vessel inflammation, both of which have been linked to cognitive decline and heart disease. Alcohol also increases HDL, the so-called good cholesterol, which helps unclog your arteries.
Boost in Immune System.
Wine assists in boosting a person’s defense against disease and infection. According to one British study, those who consumed roughly a glass of wine a day reduced their risk of Helicobacter pylori bacteria infection by 11 percent. These bacteria are known to cause gastritis, ulcers and stomach cancers.
Higher Bone Mass.
On average, women who drink moderately seems to have higher bone mass than those who don’t drink at all. Alcohol is known to boost estrogen levels; the hormone that seems to slow the body’s destruction of old bones more than it slows the production of new bones.
Australian researchers recently concluded that one glass of wine a day reduces the risk of ovarian cancer by 50 percent. Earlier research undertaken at the University of Hawaii had the same findings. Health experts believe that this may be because of the antioxidants or phytoestrogens, prevalent in wine, which have high anti-cancer properties. This is backed up by another recent study in the University of Michigan, where they found out that a red wine compound helped kill ovarian cancer cells in a test tube.
Although drinking wine can he healthy to women, drinking the wrong kind might have dangerous health implications. In an article from the Telegraph, M&S wine expert Chris Murphy said that too many pubs were selling wine in the wrong way or offering up poor quality varieties. “I’d like to see them sell better quality wine, and some do this. But many don’t, they don’t stock fresh wine, too many don’t understand vintage. Not many people do,” he added.
Women need to be wiser in checking the type of wine that’s healthy to drink and always remember the rule of thumb when drinking: in moderation.