Beer is made by men, wine by God.
– Martin Luther, circa 1500s

Considering the obvious divinity of wine, should we all not be gulping it down already?

“Wine is the alcoholic beverage obtained from juice of freshly gathered grapes, the fermentation of which has been carried through in the district of its origin and according to local tradition and practice.”(Pamela Vandyke Price – Curiosities of wine)

In spite of the many unpopular things said about wine drinking, there is extensive data which provides substantial proof to the good of the all-so-bad wine that some are quite scared to drink. Please note that wine, like any other drink, should be drunk in moderation.

The following are a combination of 9 academic and non-academic proven benefits of wine drinking:
1. It slows brain decline
Brain functions declines at a markedly faster rate in non-drinkers than in moderate drinkers.
– Source: a Columbia University study of 1,416 people, published in Neuroepidemiology, 2006.

2. It lowers the risk of strokes
The possibility of suffering a blood clot related stroke drops by about 50% in people who consume moderate amounts of alcohol.
– Source: a Columbia University study of 3,176 individuals over an eight-year period, published in Stroke, 2006.

3. It promotes longevity
Wine drinkers have a 34% lower mortality rate than beer or spirits drinkers.
– Source: a Finnish study of 2,468 men over a 29-year period, published in the Journals of Gerontology, 2007.

4. It lowers the risk of heart diseases
Red-wine tannins contain procyanidins, which protect against heart disease. Wines from Sardinia and southwest France have more procyanidins than other wines.
– Source: a study at Queen Mary University in London, published in Nature, 2006.

5. It cuts the risk of colon cancers
Moderate consumption of wine (especially red) cuts the risk of colon cancer by 45%
– Source: a Stony Brook University study of 2,291 individuals over a four-year period, published in the American Journal of Gastroenterology, 2005.

6. It cuts the risk of developing cataract
Moderate drinkers are 32% less likely to get cataracts than non-drinkers; those who consume wine are 43% less likely to develop cataracts than those drinking mainly beer.
– Source: a study of 1,379 individuals in Iceland, published in Nature, 2003.

7. It helps to prevent tooth decay
Red wines have the ability to prevent tooth decay and the growth of bacteria. Polyphenols, which are found in red wine can prevent gum diseases and reduce gum inflammation.

8. It gives your skin that healthy glow
Polyphenols in red wines help to protect your skin and prevent it from aging by reducing fine lines and wrinkles. A glass a day, for women and two for men come highly recommended.

9. It promises a happier aging life
Red wine, according to Scientists, can protect you from Dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.

To enjoy all of these wonderful benefits, you first need to DRINK SOME WINE…in moderation of course!

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