Reasons To Drink Red Wine (Not That You Needed Another Excuse)

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If you’re an avid wine drinker, it’s likely you don’t need any excuse to drink more wine.  Friends coming over for dinner?  Have a glass of Cabernet with that.  Getting home from a stressful day at work?  Zinfandel will solve your problems.  Need something to relax with on a Saturday afternoon? Rose is the perfect companion.

There are a million good reasons to drink red wine. Just ask Vatican City, the tiny country that consumes more wine than any other country in the world, according to Religion News.  No shame in that.

If you can’t help sipping on a glass of good red wine, read on.  Thanks to an article from Yahoo, we’ve got some legitimate reasons why it is actually good for you.  Check it out:

It slows the spread of lung cancer.  Cancer Cell International published a study examining the effects of red and white wine on culture plates containing human lung cancer cells and guess what?  Cancer cell growth was significantly reduced with the wine.  Science doesn’t lie!

It promotes heart health.  Red wine contains resveratrol, which functions as an antioxidant to prevent blockage in heart vessels and lowers cholesterol.

It may reduce men’s risk of prostate cancer.  Men who drank four to seven glasses of red wine a week were half as likely to be diagnosed.  This research is coming from Harvard folks: they clearly know what they’re talking about.

It beats the blues.  As one study put it, people over 55 who drank a glass a day were less likely to be depressed, so be merry and drink up!

It could add years to your life.  Research suggests resveratrol, present in red wine, has anti-aging properties.  Sold!

So go ahead, indulge in a bottle of red wine tonight.

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