Recent studies assign a number of health benefits to regular, moderate wine consumption. The most widely reported benefit is The French Paradox, a theory that credits the drinking of red wine for the low incidence of heart disease in France – despite a famously high-fat, high-cholesterol diet.
Scientists note wine contains antioxidants and resveratrol, elements believed to be helpful in the prevention of certain diseases. Red wine consumption (and to a lesser degree, white wine) is linked to a number of health benefits, including: heart disease prevention; reduced risk of certain cancers; lowering bad cholesterol; weight loss; improved brain function; controlling glucose and insulin levels; and lowering blood pressure.
Most studies cited here recommend consumption of one or two glasses of wine a day with meals, noting the detrimental effects of over-consumption.
The following articles are for information purposes only, and their inclusion should not be considered an endorsement by TDA:6 Reasons Why a Little Glass of Wine Each Day May Do You Good. Health, 10-13-08
Substance in Red Wine, Resveratrol, Found To Keep Hearts Young. Science_Daily, 06-08-08
Is Wine Good For You? MSNBC, 06-04-08
Daily Glass of Wine Could Improve Liver Health. Science_Daily, 05-22-08