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The Surprising Benefits of Wine

Aurélie Allusse
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What you should be drinking to promote a healthy wine lifestyle. Turns out, if you stick to the moderate drinker lifestyle there are some major benefits.

 

 

Wine will make you skinny

Oak-aged wines may help with weight control

Some recent research says that the ellagic acid in wine helps reduce fatty liver (a leading cause of obesity). But, we can’t find ellagic acid in most of the wine.  However, it does transfer into wine in the form of ellagitannin from oak barrels! The longer the exposure to oak, the more ellagic acid is dissolved into wine. So basically, drinking a glass of well-oaked wine may help reduce the affect fatty-liver has on health problems (like obesity).

Here you will find a wine aged in aok barrel: 

Chateau Pesquie- Les Terrasses, AOC Ventoux, Rhone Valley, France, 2013, Red, ¥149

 

Wine will make you happy

Alcohol releases serotonin, dopamine and opioid peptides into your brain

Alcohol stimulates the release of several neurotransmitters including serotonin, dopamine and opioid peptides.  These natural brain chemicals will produce pleasure feelings like euphoria, reward, and well being. The good news is that if you practice moderate drinking you will feel this release every time you drink. However, if you over-drink, it will release a high level of dopamine and serotonin will lead you to depression. So it is important to practice moderation.

 

Wine will make you wise

Wine delays cognitive decline in aging adults

People with an healthy wine habit have a great potential to prevent or delay cognitive decline with aging. A 2014 study tested 7,153 men and women, with a mean age of 56, on attention, learning and memory over a course of 10 years. Surprisingly, women drinkers performed better than abstainers in both learning and attention.

Also, people who drank wine also ate healthier foods, were better educated, exercise more, and held a healthier body-weight. Basically, drinking red wine is part of an overall healthier lifestyle. You have to keep in mind that people who drank over their natural limit had the highest decline of brain power. Moderation is the key.

 

How much wine should I drink?

The good news is you can drink wine everyday and it doesn’t matter if it red, white or rosé wine.

The National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism advises that women should have no more than 3 drinks in a single day (a 24 hour period) and men should have no more than 4 drinks per day. They also suggest that consumption all week should be no more than 7 drinks per week for women and no more than 14 f