Wine is an enjoyable addition to your lunch. It tastes good and relaxes you, but it has more far-reaching benefits to your health. While you certainly shouldn’t drink an entire bottle of wine, especially if you have to go back to work, a glass of wine is a healthy addition to your meal.
Wine contains antioxidants called flavonoids that help protect your heart from damage and disease. These flavonoids lower your bad cholesterol levels and increase your good cholesterol. They also increase blood flow, which decreases your risk of blood clots in the arteries surrounding your heart. One or two 5-ounce glasses of red wine has been associated with a decreased risk of heart disease and heart attack, according to a 2005 article published in “Circulation,” a journal published by the American Heart Association.
Wine contains polyphenols, most notably resveratrol, which protect your brain cells from damage. Resveratrol also aids in the formation of nerve cells, which could cut risk of brain disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease, according to Yale New-Haven Hospital. A study published in a 2008 issue of “Journal of Biological Chemistry” found that red wine extracts inhibited the development of Alzheimer’s disease in mice, suggesting that resveratrol might have similar protective benefits in humans.