2016 is here! And with it, the New Year Resolutions for a better, healthier life. We’ve got good news for you: wine is all part of the process. Here are 5 great reasons why you should start drinking a glass of wine every day (if you don’t already).
- It’s great for your heart.
Drinking a glass of red wine every day day has been known for long to be good to the heart. But recent research has also linked moderate alcohol consumption, including white wine and other beverages, to lower the risk of heart failure and improve blood pressure, due to the flavonoids — the plant-antioxidant compounds that are present in the skins of grapes used to make wine.
- It can keep your mind sharp.
Though it might seem contradicting, regular alcohol drinkers are actually at lower risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease and cognitive decline. The flavonoids in wine protect your body’s cells, which supports healthy blood vessels, improving blood flow to the brain and preventing harmful plaque from developing.
- It’ll benefit your waistline.
Although a glass of wine has about 120 to 150 calories, studies show moderate alcohol drinkers are less likely to be obese or suffer from obesity-related diseases like type II diabetes.
- You live a little longer.
That’s right. Long-term population studies have linked moderate alcohol drinking to longer life! Plus, people who drink in moderation tend to have other healthy behaviours, like diets packed with plant-based foods and low in saturated fats or regular exercise. So pair your glass with a healthy meal — and hit the gym tomorrow.
- It makes you happier!
Research has linked moderate alcohol intake to a better mood (see? That was not just hearsay!) A 2014 study showed that people who had a glass of wine in an unpleasant environment experienced the same level of mood improvement as people who abstained in a more pleasant environment.
So next time you’re feeling down, drink up.
Happy New Year, Wine lovers!