Red wine has long been associated with certain health benefits when enjoyed in moderation. For men, it can reduce the risk of certain cancers, lower the risk of a heart attack, and even protect against a stroke. But for women, there may even be a few more perks to sipping red wine worth knowing about. Or, if you’re already an aficionado, these facts may only serve to fortify your love of the drink. Either way, enjoy:
In moderation, red wine can contribute to a healthy cardiovascular system. More than a few studies have found that red wine drinkers have higher HDL cholesterol levels (the good cholesterol) which protect your heart. Red wine also keeps the blood thin, which leaves less of a chance of blood clots.
Red wine can fight memory loss. This may seem a little counterintuitive since it is, well, booze. But as our bodies age, so do our brains, so keeping them in fighting shape is a priority. Loyola University Medical Center research teams found that moderate wine drinking lowered a person’s risk of dementia by 23 percent.
Red wine is good for oral health. It’s been shown that grape seed extract can fight off bacteria, these antibacterial properties can keep cavity-causing germs from blemishing your pearly whites.