The Health Benefits of Drinking Wine

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How drinking (moderate amounts of) wine can help your health

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Promotes healthy lungs

 When it comes to the subject of wine and health benefits, red wine is used to getting all the attention. But in this case, white wine gets its moment in the spotlight. A 2002 study by the University at Buffalo found that the antioxidants in the wine may help stop free radicals which can cause damage to lung tissues.

 

Cancer combatant

Drinking wine has been linked to helping with the prevention of a number of different types of cancer — ovarian, prostate, colon. A 2005 study, for example, found that drinking red wine in moderation reduced the risk of colon cancer by 45 percent. In the case of ovarian cancer, research has led many experts to believe that the photoestrogens in wine give it its anti-cancer properties. What's more, University of Michigan recently conducted a study in which a red wine compound helped kill ovarian cancer cells in a test tube.

 

Bone Strength

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A recent study featured in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that red wine may help improve bone density in older men and therefore reduce the risk of osteoporosis. Once again, it is believed that the polyphenols in grape skins are to thank.