Wine drinkers have never had it so good. Not only does a glass or two, or even three, taste rather good, it’s remarkably healthy, too, protecting against a whole range of diseases.
If you enjoy a glass (or three) of wine in front of the television in the evenings, we might just have the BEST news for you.
According to a new study published on Marie Claire, a little vino before bed can actually help with weight loss. Yes, we tease you not.
The scientists in question – AKA our new best friends – hail from Washington State University and Harvard.
To get technical, there’s a chemical in wine called resveratrol. This ingredient sounds magical, as it apparently works to stop fat cells from gaining even more fat.
WE KNOW, And it gets better.
According to these amazing people (the scientists), drinking at least two glasses – which is equal to about half a bottle – a day can help beat obesity by 70%. Seriously.
The wine calories help you to keep full, meaning that you’re less likely to reach for the chocolate Digestive biscuits before you hit the sack. Obviously, those babies will make you gain weight.
As if all that wasn’t AMAZING enough, the University of Denmark also found that, out of those that they studied, people who drank everyday had slimmer waistlines than those that didn’t.
Pass us the wine…
6 Reasons Why a Little Glass of Wine Each Day May Do You Good
The list of wines benefits is longand getting more surprising all the time. Already well-known as heart healthy, wine in moderation might help you lose weight, reduce forgetfulness, boost your immunity, and help prevent bone loss.
With America likely to edge out France and Italy in total wine consumption in the near future, according to one analyst, and with women buying more than 6 out of every 10 bottles sold in this country, were happy to report that wine may do all of the following:
1. Feed your head
Wine could preserve your memory. When researchers gave memory quizzes to women in their 70s, those who drank one drink or more every day scored much better than those who drank less or not at all. Wine helps prevent clots and reduce blood vessel inflammation, both of which have been linked to cognitive decline and heart disease, explains Tedd Goldfinger, DO, of the University of Arizona School of Medicine. Alcohol also seems to raise HDL, the so-called good cholesterol, which helps unclog your arteries.
2. Keep the scale in your corner
Studies find that people who drink wine daily have lower body mass than those who indulge occasionally; moderate wine drinkers have narrower waists and less abdominal fat than people who drink liquor. Alcohol may encourage your body to burn extra calories for as long as 90 minutes after you down a glass. Beer seems to have a similar effect.
3. Boost your bodys defenses
In one British study, those who drank roughly a glass of wine a day reduced by 11% their risk of infection by Helicobacter pylori bacteria, a major cause of gastritis, ulcers, and stomach cancers. As little as half a glass may also guard against food poisoning caused by germs like salmonella when people are exposed to contaminated food, according to a Spanish study.
4. Guard against ovarian woes
When Australian researchers recently compared women with ovarian cancer to cancer-free women, they found that roughly one glass of wine a day seemed to reduce the risk of the disease by as much as 50 percent. Earlier research at the University of Hawaii produced similar findings. Experts suspect this may be due to antioxidants or phytoestrogens, which have high anticancer properties and are prevalent in wine. And in a recent University of Michigan study, a red wine compound helped kill ovarian cancer cells in a test tube.
5. Build better bones
On average, women who drink moderately seem to have higher bone mass than abstainers. Alcohol appears to boost estrogen levels; the hormone seems to slow the bodys destruction of old bone more than it slows the production of new bone.
6. Prevent blood-sugar trouble
Premenopausal women who drink one or two glasses of wine a day are 40 percent less likely than women who dont drink to develop type 2 diabetes, according to a 10-year study by Harvard Medical School. While the reasons arent clear, wine seems to reduce insulin resistance in diabetic patients.