The Benefits of Drinking Wine

That’s right . . . there are some health benefits when you drink red wine–do you know what they are? 

There is always a flurry of headlines about the health benefits of drinking red wine. But are these actually true? Can drinking really be beneficial towards your health? Well, as it just so happens the answer is maybe! Of course, finishing an entire bottle every single day is not recommended, nor is that level of consumption healthy. We are talking about one to two, four-ounce glasses of red wine–so keep that in mind.

The Benefits of Red Wine

Promotes Longevity
Wine drinkers have been found to have a 34 percent lower mortality rate than beer or spirit drinkers. Does it get any easier than drinking to live longer?

Lowers the Risk of Heart Disease
Heart disease is prevalent in America. Now with a tasty glass or two of red wine, you can severely decrease your chances of succumbing to this condition. Red wine contains properties which protect against heart disease. Wines from the lands of Sardinia and southwest France have more procyanidins than other wines.

Cuts the Risk of Cataracts
Moderate drinkers are 32 percent less likely to get cataracts than nondrinkers–those who consume wine are 43 percent less likely to develop cataracts than those who mainly drink beer.

Reduces the Risk of Colon Cancer
Cutting the risk of cancer is something that many people bend over backwards for. Now you can cut the risk of colon cancer by simply sipping on your favorite red wine. Studies show that drinking red wine cuts the risk of colon cancer by 45 percent.

It’s important to remember that genetics plays an important role in your future, but that doesn’t mean you can’t help reduce the risks. Do you know which preventive services are covered on your insurance plan?  Contact SeniorChoices NW to schedule an appointment to review your coverage and find the plan that’s right for you.

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