So, this funny thing happened.
I forgot to transfer my wine photos from my camera.
Oops. Don’t judge me.
I’ve had quite the past few days.
Anyway, it’s still Wine Wednesday – whoop, whoop!
But, instead of a wine review today, I want to talk about some potential health benefits of wine.
Did you know that wine is actually good for you? How awesome is that?!
It’s healthy in moderation, of course. I will not be held responsible for any bad thing that happens to you after you drink an entire bottle. Not my fault. So don’t do it.
Anyway, here are a few healthy things you may not know about wine.
What the heck are polyphenols? Well, basically, they’re antioxidants found in red wine. They may actually help protect the lining of the blood vessels in your heart. It’s also been suggested that polyphenols can help prevent cardiovascular diseases, osteoporosis, and maybe even some cancers. (source)
Boy, all these crazy, scientific words! Resveratol is basically a polyphenol that’s considered to possibly reduce your LDL (the “bad” part of cholesterol) and may even help prevent blod clots. (source)
May prevent tooth decay
Huh. Interesting. Apparently, can harden your tooth enamel and help prevent tooth decay. And, it seems those friendly polyphenols can help prevent gum disease. (source) Unless, of course, you’re me and you have thin tooth enamel. Then, it doesn’t matter how much red wine you drink, you still have crappy teeth and now they might be stained a little and you need to spend money on whitening treatments.
Oh. Sorry. Too much.
Slows Brain Decline
So, basically, you’re smarter if you drink wine! (source)
Well, unless you drink Boone’s Farm. Then, you definitely don’t rank up in the “smart” category. And that swill doesn’t rank up in the wine category.
Of course, for as many studies as there are touting the benefits of drinking wine, there are just as many that counter those health benefits.
So, as with everything, you have to be smart about the choices you make. Remember, drinking an entire bottle of wine doesn’t make you smarter. It just makes you more drunk and more likely to make a fool of yourself and/or puke.
Enjoying a glass (or maybe two) with dinner though? Now that’s fancy.
Talk to me: What is your preferred beverage with dinner?
Generally, I prefer water because I’m training but on a day when I’m not running in the morning, I’ll enjoy a glass of wine with dinner. Yum!