There's nothing quite like kicking back at the end of a long day with a glass of vino. For some of us, a glass of wine or two is a treasured way to unwind from the stresses of every day life, a guilty pleasure that we look forward to when our parenting duties are done for the day. If you consider it a guilty pleasure, then think again...wine can actually be good for you - and not in just a much-needed night out sort of way, either. A study published in the American College of Cardiology found that moderate drinking could have potential health benefits.
According to the research, alcohol can decrease the risk of stroke and heart disease, and can also aid overall health - provided that they aren't drinking heavily on a regular basis. Wine is home to powerful antioxidants, but it's not as rich in them as first thought. Most of them are found in grape skins, very few of which make it into the wine we buy off the shelves in the supermarket, according to expert Daryl Davies, a USC neuro-pharmacologist.
Picking red or white can also be a huge factor, depending on your own personal health issues. People prone to asthma or migraines may find that attacks are triggered by the sulphites found in red wine, so may be better off reaching for a glass of white. A Swedish study spanning 34 years discovered that wine protected women from Alzheimer's disease, particularly when it was the only alcohol they consumed. Although the reason was unclear, researchers mused that it the higher ethanol levels could be responsible.
The benefits don't stop there either. Alcohol on the whole can have a positive impact on high blood pressure and stress. Those that kick back with a glass of something at the end of a busy day tend to lower their anxiety levels by giving themselves some time to decompress. Anxiety can often be an underlying factor in multiple health issues, such as headaches, insomnia and even back pain.
Cheers to that.
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