We are often reminded of all the risks and consequences of drinking alcohol, with experts telling us that doing so may be fun but it’s going to impact our health and well-being in a negative way. However, what they aren’t telling us is that there is a significant difference between moderate drinking and excessive drinking, and moderate drinkers may actually see some great health benefits.

Furthermore, not all types of alcohol are created equally…

In fact, scientists have revealed that there are a number of different reasons that adding a glass or two of red wine to your daily routine may actually promote better emotional, mental and physical health. It’s the information we were all hoping to stumble across – a scientifically backed reason why we should enjoy our favorite glass of cabernet sauvignon or merlot. Well, drink up!

Here are 12 science-backed reasons why you should include a glass of wine in your daily routine:

#1 – Reduce Arthritis Pain

The resveratrol in red wine is an effective anti-inflammatory, helping to reduce the impact of inflammation on the body, especially for those that are experiencing arthritis pain. For this reason, it may work as an effective alternative to anti-inflammatory medication. It is important to note, however, that excessive consumption may actually have detrimental effects on arthritis patients, so the amount that is being consumed is important.

#2 – Increase Estrogen Levels

Many women in today’s society are fighting the impact of hormonal imbalances or lower estrogen levels. However, new research suggests that drinking a glass of wine every day can help to balance these hormones by boosting the estrogen levels in your body. This can have a significant impact in every way, from mental health to the reduction of acne. It also works to help fight against a number of potentially serious conditions including polycystic ovary syndrome, endometriosis or some cancers.

#3 – Boost Your Immune System

Studies show that a glass of wine each day can actually help to boost your immune system, helping your body to fight off infections and avoid disease. In fact, alcohol has even been credited with having protective qualities that are comparable to some vaccinations. It’s important to note, however, that this is only with moderate consumption. Excessive drinkers will see the exact opposite impact.

#4 – Ease Symptoms of Menopause

If you are currently at this stage in your life, ladies, then you know that the symptoms associated with menopause can be more than just a minor inconvenience. By increasing the estrogen levels (as noted above) two glasses of red wine every day can help to prevent or minimize the side effects caused by menopause including hot flashes, sleep disturbance, mood changes and more.

#5 – Improve Your Memory

You’ve likely been told all your life that drinking alcohol will kill off your brain cells, causing a decline in brain function, this may not always be true. In fact, experts say that the flavanols in wine work to help protect the cells of your body, supporting healthy blood vessels which, in turn, improves the flow of blood to the brain. This ultimately works to prevent the plaque from developing that is associated with cognitive decline and an increased risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease.

#6 – Weight Loss

A 2015 study out of Washington State University revealed that drinking red wine can actually help you in your weight loss efforts due to the resveratrol content. The compound turns the fat in your body into a type of fat referred to as ‘beige fat’ which is statistically easier to burn off. Furthermore, drinking that glass at night can help to curb late night snacking. If you’re looking to lose some weight, enjoy a glass of red wine before bed and hit the gym in the morning – the combination will help you to see some great results!

#7 – Reduce Risk of Ovarian Cancer

Studies show that drinking red wine every day may actually work to lower your chances of epithelial ovarian cancer. The study found that 2 standard size glasses of red wine every day resulted in a 50% decrease in risk of developing the disease than non-drinkers. The choice of drink is also important, as those who drink red wine saw this benefit, while women who reported drinking beer or spirits did not. The researchers theorized that it may be due to the antioxidants and phytoestrogens found in the wine.

#8 – Live Longer

This may be one of the most exciting points on this list! Studies have shown that moderate alcohol drinking may actually work to lengthen your lifespan. This benefit increases exponentially when you couple it with a healthy diet. So, make yourself a delicious, healthy dinner and pair it with a glass of red wine to enjoy a longer life.

#9 – Reduce Risk of Heart Disease

This is one of the points that has quickly gained attention online – drinking a glass of red wine every day can help to reduce your risk of heart disease. This includes both lowering your blood pressure and, effectively, lowering your chance of experiencing a heart attack. How does it work? Red wine has been found to include flavonoids, a plant-antioxidant found in the skin of the grapes, which has been associated with an improved cardiovascular system – improving blood flow and protecting the heart against signs of aging. This compound is also found in dark chocolate.

#10 – Reduce the Risk of Type 2 Diabetes

Studies have shown that drinking a single glass of red wine every day can reduce the risk of developing type 2 diabetes by as much as 30%. It works by helping your body to process the sugars, effectively balancing blood sugar levels. In doing so, the body won’t experience the extreme highs and lows that are often associated with causing diabetes.

#11 – Prevent Osteoporosis

A study published in the Endocrine Society’s ‘Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism’ found that the resveratrol found in red wine may increase spinal bone density and fight the signs of osteoporosis. Researchers revealed that their findings suggest the compound may actually work to stimulate bone-forming cells within the body, helping to rebuild otherwise fragile bones. For these reasons, they hypothesize, it may even be seen as a viable treatment option with more research.

#12 – Boost Your Mood

This is arguably the best-known reason for alcohol consumption, but experts are saying that there is some real truth to this claim! A 2014 study revealed that a single glass of wine when you find yourself in a difficult or uncomfortable environment an improve your mood dramatically, helping you to feel happier and more comfortable. So, if you find you’re struggling or stuck in a funk, reach for your favorite bottle of wine.

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