Lush-ing over good red wine is one thing, but drinking a glass a day to save your life is the best decision you will ever make.

By Epiphinae McClennon

If adding a glass of your favorite of Cabernet Sauvignon to dinner every night is not apart of your New Year’s resolutions you should reconsider. Whether you are contemplating a new diet or getting your overall health on track, keeping a good bottle of red will come in handy. Drinking red wine has health benefits as long as you drink it in moderation.

Cures The Common Cold

Just like clock work you get the sniffles the second week of December and you are always trying new ways to beat it before the holidays. Researchers did a study that claim those who drink red wine have 44% fewer colds than those who did not. Adding an antioxidant rich glass of red wine to your fluid regimen will help fight your cold.

Decreases Risk of Heart Disease

Mayo Clinic says Resveratrol, an antioxidant found in the skins of grapes may be the key to decreasing inflammation and prevent blood clotting.  This same antioxidant is responsible for decreasing the production of bad cholesterol. Red wine has more Resveratrol than a white wine because it is fermented longer.

Helps with Brain Function

Having trouble remembering where you left your car keys or what day it is? Increase brain functionality while decreasing dementia with a glass of Pinot or Rioja. Studies from the memory foundation show that one glass has about 38%  chance of reducing risks for memory loss and Alzheimer’s disease.

Protects Teeth

Make your dentist proud this year. Researchers say Polyphenols, a compound found abundantly in natural plant food sources(such as wine grapes, nuts, and tea) have antioxidant properties that protect your gums from inflammation and help to prevent gum disease. Little did you know your favorite Shiraz can also protect and harden your tooth enamel.

Extends Your Life

We should all aspire to be like Antonio Docampo García, a Spanish man who lived to be 107 on a red wine diet. Huffington Post says that he drank a glass of red wine free of additives during lunch and dinner every day. The same antioxidant that is said to reduce risks of heart disease carries properties that promote healthier skin and long life.

Let this year’s resolutions be the ones you plan to keep, knowing that indulging in your favorite red will keep you on track towards a healthier lifestyle.

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