February may be famous for being host to Valentine’s Day and all its trappings but there’s another day we’re more excited for. No, we’re not talking about Single Awareness Day (SAD) on the 15th of February, we’re talking about National Drink Wine Day on the 18th of February. Created and observed in the United States, this day is one I’m sure many of us can get behind! This day of awareness is to celebrate wine, responsibly, and all of the benefits it provides. The health benefits of wine are plentiful and these are just a few of the reasons to raise a glass and relax in your conservatory.
Packed with Antioxidants
Wine is more than just an accompaniment to a dinner party. Rich in antioxidants, red and white wine fight off free radicals that can cause terrible heart problems. If you’re a fan of white wine, you may be surprised to discover that white wine is higher in antioxidants than red. A study by the University of Barcelona proved that white wine had equal or greater numbers of antioxidants. With this in mind, it’s time to break out the prosecco and enjoy the company of friends and family.
Better Than a Glass of Milk
Our bones age with us and become more brittle, which can lead to a range of issues later in life such as osteoporosis. Wine lovers can keep their bones stronger for longer with a glass of wine. Red wine, in particular, is good for bones with high levels of silicon, aiding bone mineral density. Who knew getting old could be so fun!
Reduce the Risk of Stroke
Acting as a natural blood thinner, moderate consumption of wine can help break up blood clots and lower the chance of strokes. Red wine is the key as it contains phenols that act in a similar way to aspirin. A study by John Hopkins University Medical Centre found that a substance called resveratrol is mostly to thank for this benefit. While light to moderate wine consumption can help reduce the risk, excessive drinking can have the opposite effect, raising the chance of heart attacks.
It Makes You Live Longer
There’s a reason society from ancient Greece to modern-day health gurus all agree wine is good for you. Resveratrol, found in grape skins, has been found to increase the lifespan of mice. Resveratrol suppresses molecules that cause inflammation, as well as blood compounds that interfere with the production of insulin. Only effective when drunk in moderation, this study in rats may highlight what has made man obsess over this liquor for centuries.
Red Wine Romance
Candle-lit dinners, red wine and soft music may do more than set the mood, as research from the US suggests that drinking at least one glass of wine red wine a week boosts fertility in women. The research found that Resveratrol positively affected the quantity, health and viability of ova. Again, moderate consumption was used, as subjects drank 5 or more glasses a month. Whatever the stiff science behind it, red wine really has earned its place at the top of date night’s shopping list.
With these reasons, it seems silly not to celebrate National Drink Wine Day. If you’re a wine connoisseur, really push the boat out! Do up your conservatory or orangery and get all the wines you’ve been wanting to try for a while. Invite over a few friends and enjoy their company, the delicate flavours and the health benefits of wine. Just remember to drink in moderation.
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