Drinking red wine every day during meals is considered normal in a lot of countries but in certain cultures this habit could seem slightly odd. In most of Europe and America it would not surprise anybody, infact, drinking a glass of wine every day is the most normal thing in the world. However the point we are going to focus on is not cultural nor social, least of all is it about wine qualities and the pleasure that it implies.
Research studies from around the world concluded that a daily and moderate consumption of red wine extends life expectancy by about 36% more than in people who are not used to drinking it; it means that people drinking small daily doses of wine (one glass) live approximately 3.8 years longer than the ones who don’t drink it.
Additionally the people drinking a daily glass of red wine have 34% lower risk of heart diseases, a health problem which increases death rate in people with advanced age.
More benefits of red wine
Besides letting us “live longer”, wine has other properties that could be compared to medicine. As everybody knows, red wine significantly helps the circulatory system. But than’s nota ll wine is for: Doctor Janet L. Stanford said that men drinking 4 or 5 glasses of red wine per week have 50% lower risk of prostate cancer, and stated that wine is a powerful antioxidant, a good anti-inflammatory agent and is also really helpful in eliminating carcinogenic cells.
“According to these studies, white wine, beer and other spirits don’t have the same preventive value as red wine.”
Another miraculous power of wine is its ability to aid in losing weight, because the liver processes red wine calories in a particular way: it converts them in energy and not in fat.
It’d be hazardous to reccomend alcohol for medical purposes, but it’s clear that wine has a lot of good qualities if you drink it moderately because, whatever wine or alcohol is, its consumption must always come along with common sense and moderation.
This information came from the Department of Public Health of Wageningen’s University (Holland).