We’ve all heard that red vino is good for you – but who knew that it would tuck in a few inches off your waistline? According to Positive Med, Ellagic acid in red wine slows the growth of fat cells and hinders the formation of new ones, therefore, you burn more fat. It also boosts metabolism of fatty acids in liver cells. New research showed that women who drank 1-2 glasses were more likely to lose weight than those who didn’t. This is because the red wine cuts cravings, reduces appetite and helps you feel more relaxed and lowers blood pressure – you feel good, eat less and go to bed earlier.
If you need more excuses to drink a glass or two a day, the active antioxidant called quercetin in red wine can induce natural cell death in certain types of cancers such as colon cancer. The tannins contain procyanidins that lower the risk of heart disease and stroke and the resveratrol helps remove chemicals that cause blood clots. Daily consumption of red wine is said to cut blood clot-related stroke rates by 50%. Resveratol is found in high concentrations in red wine and in the skin of grapes. According to doctors Jeffrey Stuart and Ellen Robb, “this compound helps to break down fats and reduces the amount of fat in your body. By helping to reduce your body fat, the high resveratrol content in red wines can help you lose weight.” It also increases levels of good cholesterol HDL while reducing the bad LDL.
Among these benefits, red wine can help you extend your life expectancy and prevent Alzheimer’s.
That’s probably more than enough persuasion for me to shamelessly hog that bottle every night.
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