5 scientific reasons why the red stuff is healthier than you think

If you’re celebrating the end of a long working week with a glass of red, white or rosé tonight, there are plenty of great reasons to toast to the weekend with a fresh bottle – aside from the well-known feel-good factor.

Although many of us know that wine boasts heart-healthy properties, there are many other great health benefits to (moderately) enjoying a glass of vino.

Before you clock off for the weekend, here are five excellent reasons to drink wine.

It can prevent heart disease

Several reports in 2000 confirmed that wine reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease and heart attacks. Red wine is a great source of antioxidants, which increases levels of HDL (good cholesterol) and gets rid of the bad stuff – this can significantly prevent heart disease and clogged arteries.

It can prevent cancer

According to findings reported by scientists at the University of Crete in Greece,  wine slows the growth of breast and prostate cancer cells, while warding off oral cancer. French scientists found evidence that an antioxidant in wine called resveratrol can put the brakes on the growth of liver cancer cells.

It keeps your bones strong

Drinking wine in moderation can slim your risk of osteoporosis by increasing bone mineral density of both men and women. A recent study showed that women who drank 11 to 29 grams of alcohol a day, the equivalent of one to three glasses of wine, had greater bone mineral density, measured in the hip region of their thighbones, than nondrinkers or heavy drinkers.

Red wine is a great source of antioxidants

It can reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s

Red wine has the ability to reduce your risk of developing certain diseases such as Alzheimer’s. The flavanols in wine protect your body’s cells which support healthy blood vessels — a key physiological benefit that can improve blood flow to the brain and prevent harmful plaque from developing. 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.