Raise a glass! 5 reasons wine is good for you

Feel like an expert the next time you sip a glass of wine.

Like a fine wine, you too can be better with age!

A glass of wine a day could actually keep the doctor away.

Research shows sipping on a glass of vino in moderation can is actually good for your health.

What exactly is moderation you ask?

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): moderate drinking is up to one drink per day for women and two drinks per day for men.

One drink is defined as being four ounces of wine.

That's not an average for the week either. The CDC says it's the amount consumed on any given day.

Here are some of the health benefits:

Your heart!

Red wine has long been thought of as a way to keep your heart healthy. The Mayo Clinic reports the antioxidants in red wine may help prevent coronary artery disease, the condition that leads to heart attacks. Those antioxidants can increase levels of good cholesterol and protect against buildup.

Your gut!

Studies show red wine can also increase the abundance of bacteria known to promote gut health. Red wine contains polyphenol, which is a plant compound that escapes digestion and is broken down by gut bacteria.

Your brain!

Drinking wine in moderation is associated with reducing inflammation and helping the brain to clear away toxins, including those that are associated with Alzheimer’s disease. That’s according to research out of the University of Rochester Medical Center in 2018.

A team from Loyola University Medical Center also found that moderate red wine intake can reduce the risk of developing dementia. The compound known as resveratrol, which is found in wine, can reduce the stickiness of blood platelets, it helps keep the blood vessels open and flexible, and this promotes a good supply of blood to the brain.

Your eyes!

A compound known as resveratrol is found in red wine. Studies show it may help prevent vision loss caused by out-of-control blood vessel growth in the eye. That’s according to findings published in 2010. Research suggests it could help people with vision problems due to diabetes and age.

Your bones!

As you age, your bones get more brittle. You could increase your calcium intake with a glass of milk, but why not indulge on a glass of wine instead?

Red wine is said to have high levels of silicon, which can be good for your bone mineral density. It increases the density and reduces the chance of osteoporosis.

The key: moderation!

Too much alcohol can have many harmful effects on your body.