The story seems to change every other day. Red wine is good for you! Stop drinking red wine, it’s all a myth! While we’ll probably drink red wine regardless, it feels amazing to do so and be able to tell yourself you’re making a healthy choice. Does the good outweigh the bad? Well, here’s what we know…
- Red wine has been linked to reducing the risk of heart disease — but, there’s been a TON of debate on this assumed fact and at this point the correlation isn’t super clear. However, there are other proven health benefits. Studies have shown that the polyphenols present in red wine help to prevent neck, head, and colon cancer.
- What’s more? A recent study showed that red wine is able to slow the effects of natural memory decline! Avoid a Still Alice situation by gettin’ your wine on (just kidding, a glass of Merlot probably won’t protect you from early onset Alzheimer’s — but you can tell yourself it will!).
- That’s not all… red wine is also a strong opponent to fat cells. So while drinking red wine is considered an indulgence, it’s actually helping you stay thin! Take that, Girl Scout cookies!
- Last (but far from least), red wine kills bacteria in your mouth. You might look like a vampire after downing a glass or two, but it’s actually fighting against cavities and dental diseases!
- While gettin’ your red on helps prevent neck, head, and colon cancer, it’s also thought to increase the risk of certain diseases… In women, red wine can increase the risk of breast cancer, and over all it improves your chances of getting mouth, throat, liver, and bowel cancer :(
Obviously, all of this should be taken with a grain of salt. Red wine has positive and negative effects. The best way to drink wine is in moderation, ALWAYS. 1-2 glasses a day won’t seriously hurt you, but don’t push your limits!
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