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Chelsie Pickard
 
October 15, 2019 | Wine Facts | Chelsie Pickard

Uncorking The Health Benefits of Red & White Wine

 
Booze probably isn’t the first thing that pops into your head when thinking about health. But when it comes to wine, our ancestors have used it to alleviate ailments and prevent disease for centuries. 

Harvard University researchers even found a jar in the tomb of King Scorpion I that was filled with wine and herbal residue such as mint, sage, thyme, and frankincense. 
Ancient Egyptian herbal wine jar

Based on these findings, the researchers concluded that Egyptian herbal wines were used as a sacred medicine to treat everything from digestive issues to STDs!

In modern times, most people commonly associate red wine with heart health. But the benefits don’t stop there. Don’t be discouraged,  white wine drinkers. There are reasons to pour yourself a cool glass of white vino, too!
Zia Chardonnay is a great health-conscious dry white wine
 
White Wine Improves Lung Health
According to the University of Buffalo, those who consume white wine typically have better lung function compared to people who don’t. 

This is due to nutrients in wine that can help to keep lung tissues in good working shape. Red wine can also be beneficial to the lungs, but white wine has been proven to be the winner out of the two when it comes to lung health. 

Research suggests that this is due to antioxidants in white wine that halt the development of “free radicals” that damage lung tissue. 
 
White Wine May Help Prevent Alzheimer’s Disease 
If you’re concerned about Alzheimer’s Disease prevention, white wine is a great go-to beverage. It’s been proven to improve memory function and delay or prevent cognitive issues and dementia associated with Alzheimer’s disease, which currently affects around 44 million people worldwide. 

This is thanks to polyphenols in white wine, which are micronutrients usually found in most plant-based foods. 
Cheers to Improved Memory
 
White Wine Prevents Metabolic Syndrome
Alzheimer’s prevention isn’t the only thing that polyphenols in wine can help with. 

Polyphenols have been proven to be one of the most effective micronutrients for preventing metabolic syndrome, according to ScienceDirect. 

Metabolic syndrome is a group of different risk factors that can lead to the development of heart disease, stroke, or diabetes. 

Some dry wines of any shade can even help your body stay in ketosis, a process where body fat becomes a powerhouse for energy. (We wrote a previous article about it -- click here to read more on Ketosis!)
2017 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
2017 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
$48.00
2017 Vidal Blanc
2017 Vidal Blanc
$27.00
Two Keto Friendly Wines
 
Red Wine Can Help Fight Diabetes
Research from the University of Massachusetts Amherst shows that red wine, along with tea, can slow down the passage of glucose through the small intestine, where it eventually ends up in the bloodstream. 

This helps to curb the huge spike in blood sugar levels that patients with Type 2 Diabetes commonly experience. 
Red wine is the clear champion over white, slowing down glucose at a rate of almost 100 percent, while white wine only achieved absorption of glucose by about 20 percent. 

This reduction of glucose levels can even help you lose weight, especially if you choose a lower-calorie red wine! (Click here to read more)
 
Red Wine Improves Fertility
While we definitely don’t condone drinking during pregnancy, some studies have shown that red wine can improve a woman’s chances of conceiving. 

According to a study published in
Fertility and Sterility, large amounts of resveratrol in red wine can preserve cells and cause an increase in the number of eggs in a woman’s ovarian reserve. 

That being said, the CDC recommends that women who are actively trying to conceive should stop drinking to prevent fetal alcohol spectrum disorders. 
 
 
Red Wine May Prevent Cavities
If you’re concerned about dental health, drink up. 

A study found in the
Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry shows that red wine (even non-alcoholic red wine!) kills bad bacteria in the mouth, leading to the prevention of dental plaque, cavities, and even gum disease.

Maybe red wine teeth stains are worth it, after all.


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