Can drinking wine be healthy?

It sounds too good to be true, doesn’t it? The idea of wine having health benefits?

Believe it or not, I have some good news for all of you wine connoisseurs; wine, in moderation, can be a healthy choice. And, if you’re questioning the validity of this statement, an article from Healthline provides some facts that may change your mind.

As it turns out, wine is packed with antioxidants as a result of what it’s made from – good old grapes. “Grapes have high levels of polyphenols, which are antioxidants that have been shown to reduce oxidative stress and inflammation (3Trusted Source). Because red wine grapes are higher in antioxidants than white grape varieties, drinking red wine may increase your blood antioxidant levels to a greater extent than drinking white (4Trusted Source),” the article explains. It goes on to detail a two-week study involving 40 adults which revealed “that consuming 13.5 ounces (400 ml) of red wine daily increased antioxidant status (2Trusted Source).”

If upping your antioxidant game isn’t enough reason for you to believe wine can benefit the human body, it can also reduce inflammation and enhance overall heart health, the article says. Further, “studies have found that drinking moderate amounts of wine as part of a healthy diet may increase longevity thanks to wine’s high antioxidant content (19Trusted Source20Trusted Source21Trusted Source)” and “recent studies have even suggested that red wine may promote the growth of beneficial gut bacteria, which may improve metabolic syndrome markers in people with obesity (21Trusted Source22Trusted Source).”

It’s important to keep in mind that the benefits of wine are most effective when it is consumed in moderation as part of a balanced lifestyle and diet, like anything else. I think it’s pretty neat that wine can offer a variety of positives to those of us who drink it, and really, who is going to dispute that?

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