By Beth Ash
August 11, 2014 4:11 AM EDT
You’ve heard rumors of the health benefits of wine, and there are many. I’d like to reinforce those and point out other ways wine makes our life better. If you’re interested even slightly in this article, you likely don’t need a reason for drinking wine, but I’m excited you’ll take a moment to indulge in these fun facts with me.
1. It's a Fountain of Youth.
Wine drinkers may live longer than beer or spirit drinkers, and other anti-aging benefits you may experience include glowing skin, looking younger and fewer precancerous skin lesions. You had me at hello.
2. It will benefit your gut.
The benefits of fermented foods for your digestive system are undeniable. Fermented food — and drink! — also contain beneficial enzymes, B-vitamins, omega-3 fatty acids, and various strains of probiotics. And if you’re asking me to choose between kimchee and a glass of red wine, I can tell you without hesitation which one is going to win out. Every time. Pinot Noir, anyone?
3. Its antioxidants are superheroes.
“Combating free radicals” sounds like some invisible superhero battle is happening all around us, and as surreal as it seems to me, I consider it truth. Free radicals causes the oxidation process in our bodies, which leads to cell damage. The super hero in this fight are antioxidants who work to either prevent the chain reaction or stop it after it’s started. Glass for glass, red wine can hold its own to other antioxidant champions like cinnamon, acai, blueberries and pomegranate juice. My hero!
4. It promotes heart health and other health benefits.
Red wine reduces the risk of heart disease, heart attack and type 2 diabetes, among other health benefits. Other health benefits include lowering cholesterol and controlling blood sugar. An apple day? I’ll take several fermented grapes a day to keep the doctor away! As with most things, moderation is key. Enjoying a glass or two can prove beneficial.
5. It creates moments of appreciation.
One of my very favorite benefits of wine: it encourages you to slow down. I don’t know anyone who gulps wine. Whether you’re enjoying a glass by yourself at the end of the day or with a group of friends, a glass of wine encourages you to relax, slow down and take in your surroundings, typically using all your senses. When paired with food, it heightens and enhances the taste sensation. It helps you connect with yourself and with those sharing your wine. Don’t you feel better already?
6. It re-connects you to the land, the people and the history of wine.
The best benefit, in my opinion, is the opportunity to take a trip to wine country and enjoy the wine right where it’s grown. You learn about the process and the people. You learn about farm-to-table dining. You learn about sustainability. It’s a wonder and a treat to visit wine country — there’s something so nourishing about a process that’s ancient and yet still relevant. Everything about wine is an art form. Being surrounded by vineyards, sunshine and good friends in the middle of wine country is my favorite place to be.
7. It’s fun!
For thousands of years, wine has been the symbol of revelry, creativity, and celebration. For that reason alone, I raise a glass to you!
Any one of those benefits is enough to make me want to pour a glass and savor a few moments. I hope you’ll do the same. Cheers!
— Last Edited by Greentea at 2014-09-09 07:44:49 —