You might crack open a bottle of Burgundy after work for unwinding purposes, but new research proves that a regular glass of wine could be more helpful than you realize. New research published by the Institute of Food Science Research in Madrid, Spain, has concluded that regular moderate consumption of wine could help slow the death of our brain’s neurons.
The study analyzed the gut metabolites produced when humans digest wine. Metabolites were taken from waste samples provided by people who drink wine moderately and regularly, then added to human brain cells. At the same time, the researchers mimicked the conditions that lead to stress-induced brain cell death, which usually leads to neurodegenerative diseases like Parkinson's, Alzheimer's, and Huntington's. The wine metabolites prevented neurons from dying under stress conditions.
The results of this research confirm multiple other studies which point to the positive effects of wine (especially red wine) on memory and brain function. A February 2017 study confirmed that resveratrol (a major chemical component in red wine) can help improve your memory and decrease chances of developing dementia.
In this study, the authors emphasized that simply guzzling a glass or two of wine daily isn’t enough to improve brain health: A healthy diet is equally important.
Besides brain health, here are 10 other reasons why wine is good for you.