In addition to the well-known health benefits of wine, a recent study adds more reasons why you should have a glass tonight.
Recent Study Extolls Red Wine Virtues
Recent Study Adds to List of Red Wine Health Benefits
Wine has already been shown to be something that should be a part of one's healthy living lifestyle (see our own article The Health Benefits of Wine). However, in addition to the already strong evidence that wine is healthy for you, recent studies done at UCLA and in Europe add to the list of health benefits. While these virtues are certainly a positive for everyone, seniors can be especially excited by some of the news coming out about red wine.
On the rise recently, Alzheimer's Disease has come to light in a tragic fashion. More and more we are striving to find a way to counter this heart-wrenching disease. Luckily for all of us, red wine may be of assistance in turning the tide against Alzheimer's. Researchers at UCLA have recently found that the polyphenols in red wine will slow the growth of proteins in the brain that form some of the compounds associated with Alzheimer's. In addition to blocking the formation of these proteins, polyphenols are tied to a process by which these proteins are detoxified, a major step in fighting Alzheimer's. While the current studies have focused on animal trials, the results have been so encouraging that human trials are the next step (Drinking wine in the name of science!? Sign me up!).
Keeping You Fit
More contribution from the (in my now rising opinion!) great researchers at UCLA, they've shown that moderate drinkers of red wine have had a lower risk for debilitating physical disorders than those who either abstained from alcohol or than heavy drinkers. Such catastrophic disorders have been crippling us as we age and if a glass of wine will help keep me functioning, I am all for it!
Lowering Lung Cancer Risk
Cancer is one of the most feared diseases in America that can seemingly strike out of nowhere. More and more we hear of things that we have used for years that may be carcinogens. It's time for some good news on this front. And red wine is here to provide us with that! A study out of California has shown that red wine consumption may be lowering the risk of lung cancer. The study found that people who drank 1 or 2 glasses nightly had a 2% decrease in their risk for lung cancer per glass of wine, up to 60% in a month! Even more rejoicing for red wine lovers out there: no other wine, beer or liquor had this benefits so you can rest assured that your drink of choice is better than most!
Increase in Omega-3 Levels Heart disease is a top killer in America. Omega-3 oils, normally found in fish, are considered hugely heart healthy. European researchers have discovered that the moderate consumption of red wine was connected to higher levels of Omega-3 levels. These increased levels were independent of ones fish consumption! So in addition to the already established anti-oxidant benefits of wine, there are now links to higher Omega-3 levels as well.
So why not have a glass tonight? I certainly will be... to my health!