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Is A Daily Glass Of Wine Really Healthy?

Last reviewed by Drug Expert on July 1st, 2019.

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When it comes to health advice, there are endless words of wisdom out there on what to do and what not to do. One of the most common pieces of advice is to “drink a glass of wine each day.” Supposedly, wine has numerous health benefits – especially when it comes to cardiovascular health. Now, this advice just seems too good to be true. Drinking a daily glass of wine to be healthier? Sounds great! …but is it really true?

Drinking A Daily Glass Of Wine For Your Health

Countless studies, television segments, and magazine articles have encouraged people to drink a glass of wine every day for their health. They claim that red wine can improve your heart health and white wine can even reverse the signs of aging. Obviously, people everywhere have jumped on this suggestion. We all know there are loads of people who love drinking wine, so when you tell them it could make them healthier, they’re over the moon.

The only problem is, no one knows how true this really is. After all, we do know that alcohol actually has adverse effects on your health. Drinking too much can lead to liver damage and other serious issues. So does that mean drinking wine every day is both healthy¬†and¬†unhealthy? It looks like that’s a major possibility…

drinking wine for cardiovascular health

We took a look at the research on drinking a daily glass of wine and its effects on health and we’ve compiled the positive health benefits and negative health effects. It appears that drinking one glass of wine daily has overwhelming health benefits, whereas drinking any more than that can have adverse effects. Check out the breakdown below:

The Pros:

  • White Wine (one glass per day)
    • Provides antioxidant benefits
    • Improves cardiovascular health
    • Prevents breast cancer
    • Prevents lung disease
    • Slows the aging process
    • Improves blood flow
    • Boosts immune system
  • Red Wine (one glass per day)
    • Lowers cholesterol
    • Reduces risk of dementia
    • Reduces insulin resistance
    • Keeps blood vessels flexible
    • Controls blood sugar
    • Lowers the risk of heart disease
    • Reduces risk of cancer
    • Eases insomnia

The Cons:

  • White and Red Wine (two or more drinks per day)
    • Increase risk of Alzheimer’s
    • Reduces sleep quality
    • Increases stroke risk
    • Prohibits weight loss
    • Decreases life expectancy
    • Raises prostate cancer risk
    • Increase risk of heart disease

daily glass of wine bad for health

All in all, the research shown that drinking one glass of white or red wine daily has numerous health benefits. With that said, the research also shows that drinking just one more glass of wine per day can lead to serious health problems over time. So go ahead and pour yourself a glass – and then put the bottle away!

 

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