Guess what today is!? Yes, it’s Sunday. Yes, it’s the 18th of February. Did you know it’s also National Drink Wine Day & National Crab Stuffed Flounder Day? Although crab stuffed flounder does taste good…we’re going to focus on the wine today. 

Some of you like white wine and some red wine. Regardless of what you prefer, there are proven health benefits from drinking wine. We have all heard that drinking a glass of wine here and there is good for you…but how?
WAIT….before we get everyone too excited let’s throw out there exactly how much wine is good for you. The recommended amount of wine per day is 5oz. So drinking a bottle per day won’t make you super duper healthy.
Remember, 5 ounces of wine a day keeps the doctor away!
  • Live longer and happier…
    Heart disease is the number one cause of death in women and men. Wine improves cardiac health. This means that the combination of alcohol and grapes in wine have a direct effect in extending the lifespan.
  • Less stress they say…
    It’s all about moderation. Wine drinkers tend to have less stress in their lives. Studies have found that there is an association between moderate alcohol consumption and lower levels of depression, anxiety and perceived stress.
  • Time to get smarter…
    Resveratrol may help improve short-term memory. After about 30 minutes of testing researchers found that participants taking Resveratrol had a significant increase in retention of words and showed faster performance in the portion of the brain associated with the formation of new memories, learning, and emotions.
  • Heart health…
    Wine decreases the risk of heart disease, stroke and high cholesterol.  There is an approximate 30% reduction in the risk of heart attack. Wine helps to protect your arteries from damage and prevent blood clots because the antioxidants enable your blood to flow easily.An individual consuming a glass or two each day had a significantly higher level of “good” cholesterol because they eliminate the “bad” artery-clogging LDLs before they have a chance to build up essentially choking the blood vessel.
We have just touched on a few of the studied health benefits from drinking wine in moderation. Longer, happier, healthier….with decreased stress levels? Yes, please!
It’s a wonder that physicians aren’t prescribing wine left and right. Although, with that being said they of course are reluctant. It’s probably not a good idea to encourage drinking to those non-drinkers.

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