10 Amazing Benefits of Red Wine You Didn’t Know

Red wine helps cleanse the blood, prevent blood clots, and protect the tissue of your large blood vessels.
10 Amazing Benefits of Red Wine You Didn’t Know
Maricela Jiménez López

Written and verified by the doctor Maricela Jiménez López.

Last update: 09 October, 2022

Drinking a glass of red wine a day can do a lot for your health. But remember that everything should be in balance and moderation. A daily glass of this natural and delicious elixir complements your food and can significantly improve your well-being. In today’s article, we’ll explain the many benefits of red wine.

The benefits of red wine

Red wine and grapes.

1. Helps you lose weight

Did you know that? Indeed, red wine has a very special property. It activates a gene that prevents new fat cells from forming. And if that weren’t enough, it stimulates the body’s natural detox, which helps you eliminate fat gradually. Studies conducted at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have confirmed this effect.

But in order to see this reflected in your figure, remember that you shouldn’t drink more than one glass a day. Use the image above as a reference. Never fill your wine glass all the way to the top. Also, you’ll see faster results if you combine a glass of wine with a balanced, low-fat diet.

2. Enhances the brain

Red wine is a great way to improve your cognitive processes. How could that be? Many studies have shown that by drinking wine in a moderate but regular way, you can stave off dementia and degenerative brain diseases.

Among the many benefits of red wine, it can reduce inflammation, prevent hardening of the arteries, inhibit clotting, and enhance blood flow. It’s truly amazing!

Woman doing a wine tasting.

3. Treats your gum infections

If you suffer from bleeding gums, add a glass of red wine to your meals. There are certain compounds in grapes that help prevent the growth of streptococci and other bacteria associated with dental woes. In addition, they’re very effective against gingivitis and even a sore throat.

4. Fights fatigue

This one’s curious, isn’t it? But according to the Journal of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB), the resveratrol in grapes can improve your energy levels on those days when you’re feeling apathetic or more tired than normal.

5. Releases endorphins

Remember to always enjoy this healthy and delicious beverage in moderation. In doing so, you release endorphins in your body, allowing you to relax and enjoy the moment even more.

Don’t forget that combining wine with certain foods or recipes can further enhance your taste and enjoyment of your meal. Did you know that?

A glass of red wine.

6. Cleanses your palate

This might seem odd, but it’s true. Thanks to its astringent properties, drinking red wine with your meals makes you perceive the tastes more intensely. It can reduce the taste of fat when you eat meaty dishes and makes your mouth feel cleaner.

This is certainly something to consider – maybe it will make you more excited to add that glass of red wine to your lunch or dinner order!

7. Lowers cholesterol

As you know, red wine is rich in polyphenols. One of them is the infamous resveratrol, a chemical that’s rich in antioxidants. According to the Mayo Clinic, it helps care for the body’s blood vessels and prevents the formation of blood clots. It also helps reduce levels of “bad” cholesterol.

8. Red wine is great for your heart

In addition to the polyphenols we mentioned above, red wine has lots of vitamin E, which helps remove blood clots, prevent them from forming, and protect the tissues that make up your blood vessels. This means that a simple glass of red wine can significantly improve your cardiovascular health.

A person holding a glass of wine.

9. Reduces the risk of cancer

Red wine is an incredible antioxidant. This natural resource is capable of blocking the growth of cells that are responsible for breast or lung cancer. One of its greatest properties is precisely the action of resveratrol, which intervenes when estrogen levels and cancer issues arise in women.

10. Fights urinary tract infections

The antioxidant and astringent properties we’ve already described also prevent bacteria from adhering to your bladder and kidneys. In addition, they also optimize the filtration and detox of these organs.

As we already mentioned in the article, drink a glass a day to reap these amazing benefits of red wine! You’re not going to miss out, are you?

All cited sources were thoroughly reviewed by our team to ensure their quality, reliability, currency, and validity. The bibliography of this article was considered reliable and of academic or scientific accuracy.

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This text is provided for informational purposes only and does not replace consultation with a professional. If in doubt, consult your specialist.