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!
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.
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.
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!)
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. Cheers!
What does it mean to adopt a highway? Well the NMDOT Adopt-A-Highway Program provides the opportunity to help maintain New Mexico's Roadside.
The program is a great way to promote responsibility, community pride and to protect our environment for future generations to enjoy by taking on the responsibility of cleaning litter along both sides of a highway.
The highway section that we are responsible for maintaining is located on NM Highway 220, and passes right in front of our production facility and wedding/event venue Enchanted Vine.
As an organization we are very proud of where we come from, and of how beautiful our town and state as a whole are! This is one way we can help keep it that way!
If you or your organization are interested in joining the program, contact the NMDOT and we can keep New Mexico beautiful together!