Surprising wine benefits: can a glass of wine actually keep a doctor away?

Surprising wine benefits can a glass of wine actually keep a doctor away
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For Certain believers, red wine comes as a proof of God’s love towards us. So, the health benefits, if any, comes as a bonus. Everyone knows that a glass of wine after a long tiring day is a fantastic way to de-stress and relax.

There are many studies also had shown that red wine has some significant skin health benefits and can also expedite slimming down the extra fat on the waistline. Some say wine can lengthen your lifespan.

So, altogether, whether a fine glass of wine every day can keep the doctor away? Let’s explore.

The charm of red wine

Red wine picks up a lot of flavoured notes to pair with any category of food, let it be spicy, aromatic, or neutral flavors. Full-bodied wines may pair efficiently with any dishes like Chicken Stews or Mutton Rezala, more so compared to white wine. Red wine’s optimal serving temperature is near to 62-68 degrees, which help release all the aromas in it, but without spoiling its taste. However, people are unaware of many such facts about wine consumption. Red wine, while being tasty, aromatic, and de-stressing remains a mystery to many.

Let’s next look at some of the significant health benefits of red wine.

Skin health benefits

  • Anti-ageing properties:

Studies have shown that red wine is good for skin health and also can prevent premature skin ageing. Red wine comes packed with a lot of antioxidants as resveratrol, flavonoid, and also tannin which all help lock the suppleness of the skin and fight ageing. These components may also help restore the collagen and fibers which provide proper texture and elasticity to the skin. Wine facial is also very common now, which gives a boost up to sagging skin and also reduced the wrinkles and fine lines on facial skin. This is the beauty secret of many of the celebrities who used wine facial to rejuvenate skin and its natural glow. For a wine facial, you may mix red wine with strawberries, rosehip, grapes or essential oils and then massage for 10 to 15 minutes to be rinsed off further in cold water.

  • Fight acne

For those skin categories which are acne prone, wine has highly antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties to help them. However, you need to choose premium quality wines as listed at Sokolin Fine Wines for all these benefits. Apart from consuming red wine in moderate amount, you may also apply it topically to facial skin, which can help clear pores and fight acne. It also contributes to preventing any future acne breakouts. You may soak a clean cotton ball in red wine and then apply it to the skin for 20 minutes.

  • To enhance skin glow

Red wine consists of polyphenols, which helps to enhance the dull complexion of skin and it gives it a special glow. You may spray red wine on facial skin and then gently massage for 10 minutes. Leave it to dry for 10 more minutes and then rinse off. Another approach is to mix red wine with oatmeal for skin massaging to remove the dead cells and nourish facial skin.

Benefits of red wine
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Benefits of red wine on our hair

  • For thick hair

If you only have limited to care for your skin, but want to have a lush thick and shiny hair, all you want to do is to wash your hair with red wine and rinse it off well after a while. This can be done once in a while after shampooing your hair and then conditioning it to get optimum results.

  • Prevent hair loss

Red wine can be used to fight hair low. Studies have shown that good quality red wine inhibits hair loss and help reduce dandruff issues also. Red wine boosts the blood circulation to the scalp and thereby reduced hair loss and improve scalp skin health.

General health benefits

  • Longer life

If you drink a glass of wine daily (remember only one glass and not in excess), you may enjoy a longer lifespan. Some researches, even though not foolproof, had shown that wine could promote longer life. However, among alcohol consumers, red wine drinkers have about 34% less mortality risk than the beer or vodka drinkers.

  • Fight cholesterol

Red wine can raise the volume of HDL which is good cholesterol and curb down the LDL which is bad cholesterol. To gain this benefit the ideal consumption of red wine is about 150 mL per day, which contain 127 calories.

  • Prevent cell damage and Alzheimer’s

Again thanks to resveratrol. With moderate consumption of red wine, resveratrol which is a powerful antioxidant will help to eliminate cell damage as in case of Alzheimer’s disease and ensure better health.

  • Fighting cancer

A study conducted by the American Cancer Society revealed another fact about red wine as another active antioxidant in it called Quentin helps to induce cell death naturally in case of some types of cancers like colon cancer. Also, moderate consumption of red wine greatly lowers the risk of breast cancer too in women.

So, overall wine has many health benefits, but all these come with the disclaimer that excessive consumption of any form of alcohol is injurious to human health.

What do you think about it?