5 more reasons to drink red wine

It’s National Wine Day, and we just learned it has even more health benefits than we thought. This deserves a toast!

Many studies have surfaced on the health benefits of wine when consumed in moderation. For many of us, just hearing the words “health benefits” and “wine” in the same sentence are enough to shout for joy! But before buying stock in a vineyard, let’s get the facts.

“There is extensive research on all types of alcohol, including beer, wine and spirits, demonstrating each can contribute to overall health,” said Rachel Busse, M.D., family medicine physician with Norton Community Medical Associates – Highlands who specializes in integrative medicine. “It just so happens that the most research with the most compelling outcomes has pointed to red wine.”

We’ve long known that red wine contains antioxidants, which help protect against cancer and heart disease, and resveratrol, which also has cancer-fighting properties.

But wait — there’s more! Studies show red wine has additional health benefits. It can:

While the health benefits may abound, you still have to drink in moderation. Most research has centered around one to two servings per day or seven to 14 per week. (One serving of wine is 5 ounces.)

However, Dr. Busse stresses that you do not have to consume 14 servings of wine per week to reap the benefits.

“Having a glass of wine or two a few times a week will still improve your overall health, especially when enjoyed with a well-balanced meal and great company,” she said. “Health benefits also can be derived from filling your body with nourishment while laughing with good friends.”

Drinking too much can lead to weight gain, dehydration and addiction.

“Most alcoholic products are high in sugar and carbohydrate content, which will increase your caloric intake,” Dr. Busse said. “And to counter dehydration, follow each glass of wine with a glass of water.”

And, of course, you never want to drink and drive.

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