UB40 knew what they were talking about when they sang, “Red, red wine, you make be feel so fine.” Turns out a bottle of red can help with heart disease, immunity, and more.
1. RED WINE CAN ACTUALLY BURN FAT :
This chemical slows down the growth of fat cells and stops new ones from being created, which boosts the metabolism of fatty acids in liver cells. Speaking of metabolism, find out the 55 Best-Ever Ways to Boost Your Metabolism !
2. ALCOHOL CAN HELP FIGHT COLDS :
We’re not giving the okay to drink during a cold, but getting in the habit of drinking moderately can help prevent one. Two past studies found that the antioxidants in red wine can help you reduce your risk of a cold by a shocking 60 percent.
3. RED WINE IS BENEFICIAL TO YOUR HEART :
And while both groups that had vodka and wine both saw cardiovascular benefits, pinot noir’s antioxidants, high resveratrol content, and pro-angiogenic and anti-inflammatory properties made the alcoholic beverage the winner in this study.
4. DRINKING MODERATELY CAN IMPROVE SEXUAL FUNCTION IN MEN :
Scientists from the University of Western Australia found that wine drinkers experienced lower rates of erectile dysfunction than those who don’t drink. And the lower rate was significant, too: 25-30 percent! What’s the reason you ask? Well, the heart-healthy antioxidants present in wine may deserve all the credit. Speaking of, here are The Best Foods for Your Penis .
5. AND FOR WOMEN, IT OFFERS Libido-Boosting POWERS :
What makes the elixir so beneficial is a rich antioxidant profile that triggers nitric oxide production in the blood, which relaxes artery walls. This increases blood flow down south, creating feelings of sexual excitement.
With its high calories and reputation as “liquid carbs,” beer seems to be anything but a healthy option at the bar. (Can you say beer belly?) But, research proves that an ice cold brew can do wonders for the body. Just a rule of thumb: just as you would go redder with wine, go darker with beer to reap the benefits (But more on that later). Find out why we’re saying cheers to beer!
6. BEER HAS VITAMINS :
Whether you’re a fan of Bud Light or Guinness, beer is packed with B vitamins riboflavin and thiamin, plus high levels of magnesium, and calcium. But dark beers do have a slight advantage of being the better brew thanks to its high iron content, which helps oxygen circulate around the body better. Find out where your favorite brew stands in The Best & Worst Beers for Weight Loss.
7. BEER CAN HELP YOU RECOVER FASTER Post-Workout :
Yep, there is some truth behind the whole post-marathon beer thing! A Spanish study suggests that an ice cold beer can hydrate you just as well as water, making it perfectly ok to grab happy hour after an intense sweat session.
8. BEER HELPS PROTECT THE BRAIN :
Cheers for beer! In 2015, the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry reported that a compound found in beer called xanthohumol could protect brain cells from damaging, thus slowing down the progression of Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s Disease.
9. BEER CAN STRENGTHEN YOUR BONES :
Moderate beer drinkers who consume 1-2 glasses a day are more likely to have that effect, but surprisingly, it’s women who reap the most benefits. The study reported that women who had two drinks per day saw their bone density increase up to 8.3 percent! Now, that’s a great excuse to hit the bar after work.
10. BEER LOWERS HEART ATTACK RISKS IN WOMEN :
A Swedish study that was 32 years in the making confirmed that women who drink 1-2 brewskis per week have a 30 percent lower risk of a heart attack than those who drank heavily or none at all. And for you lovely ladies, we also have 30 Healthy Foods for Women to make a part of your diet.