Resveratrol is the fancy name for a class of antioxidants found in red wine that give it the dark, beautiful colors it’s easily recognized for. Resveratrol helps improve arterial function due to the way it affects blood flow. Resveratrol is also a well-known anti-aging antioxidant shown to be a top nutrient found in the diets of those who have lived the longest throughout history. For instance, red wine is a top component in the Mediterranean diet, which is one of the top diets known for its longevity benefits.
2. Weight Benefits of Red Wine
You should never drink wine as a way to lose weight, but choosing red wine over other alcoholic beverages (in moderation) can help improve the number on the scale since red wine is relatively low in calories and also very low in sugar. Since sugar contributes to obesity and high triglycerides, watching your intake wherever you can is important. It has also been shown that red wine reduces high blood pressure, which may also have something to do with the way it affects weight loss over time.
3. Reduced Stress
Stress is one of the leading causes of heart problems, weight struggles, and overall inflammation in the body. Choosing foods and drinks that help reduce stress can make it easier to combat stress on an internal level. Foods rich in calcium, magnesium, amino acids, B vitamins, and potassium are well-known for their stress-relieving benefits, and one of the most amazing benefits of red wine is how it helps reduce stress too. Red wine seems to not only reduce mental stress (since it is an alcoholic beverage — a depressant), but it also reduces high blood pressure, as mentioned above, which reduces cortisol levels and improves blood flow.
4. Memory Enhancement
Red wine and other foods rich in antioxidants (blueberries, kale, coffee, dark chocolate) are some of the most beneficial in helping improve neurological function and improving the way the brain ages. Memory is one area that red wine seems to help improve the most, and it has even been linked to research showing that it helps reduce the rate of cognitive decline and Alzheimer’s disease.
5. Cancer Fighting
Once again, red wine alone will not help protect you from cancer, but researchers have found that a specific antioxidant compound found in red wine, known as quercetin, helps kills cancer cells. This same antioxidant is also found in apples, onions, green tea, olives, grapes, berries, dark cherries, and olive oil. No more than 5 ounces per day is recommended when it comes to consuming alcohol if you have cancer. A little red wine may go a long way, but overdoing it won’t help.
Along with a nutrient-dense diet rich of fruits, vegetables, herbs, spices, whole grains, lean protein, and healthy fats, red wine makes a healthy addition to your diet if you choose to consume alcohol (and are over 21 years of age, of course!).