Various studies have proven that moderate wine drinking is perfectly healthy. The Journal of Cardiovascular Medicine recommends a glass of red wine once a day. Red wine has been proven to be high in phytochemicals, good for people with heart disease and arthritis.
With all kinds of wines advertising their health benefits, a comprehensive list of the most beneficial ones would be of great help. And to give you just that, we’ve narrowed it down to ten of the healthiest wines, the first one being the healthiest.
Consider this list as healthcare news to cancel out that guilt!
With the highest resveratrol concentration among red wines, Pinot Noir is the healthiest pick. Resveratrol is an antioxidant that improves heart health, with some studies showing positive effects on brain health, insulin activity, and increased lifespan—all that while having lower sugar content and calories than most red wines!
Cabernet Sauvignon contains a chemical that kills strains of cavity-causing bacteria and protects the teeth. This wine contains plant compounds that can protect you against the flu and other infections. Perfect for this season!
Merlot helps in preventing the formation of bad cholesterol. It also helps improve the bacterial lining of the large intestine, improving digestion and immunity. Surprisingly, apart from winemaking, you feel sleepy—Merlot contains a good amount of melatonin which helps you get a good night’s rest!
Due to Malbec grapes’ thick skin, its wine is rich in resveratrol, quercetin, and other antioxidants beneficial to cardiovascular health and immunity. Also high in polyphenols, it helps prevent cell damage from free radicals occurring from pollution and by-products of normal metabolism.
Research from the University of Buffalo shows that Pinot Grigio helps in improving lung function. This wine is also suitable for battling inflammation and prevention of rheumatoid arthritis & osteoporosis.
This type of wine helps prevent cancer, heart disease, diabetes, and neurological diseases. Wines like Petite Sirah, which are high in polyphenols, are astringent. Perfect for those who like their wines dry and bitter!
The second most famous white wine in the US, Sauvignon Blanc, is known for its refreshing crispiness. For its health benefits, its unique antioxidant helps in preventing cognitive decline.
Rosé secures a spot as it contributes considerably fewer health benefits than other wines but is lower in calories than most of them as well. Five ounces of rosé only contains 80 calories. It also helps lower bad cholesterol.
This famous white wine does not only sound the fanciest but also helps improve cholesterol levels. Paired with exercising, it can have significant effects in improving LDL cholesterol levels.
Riesling and Moscato
Riesling and Moscato tie for the last spot on our list of ten healthiest wines. Not as healthy as the front runners but serves as a perfect drink with sweets.
As long as the wine is consumed moderately or as prescribed, its health benefits can be acquired without guilt. As for our top picks, choose one that contributes to the health benefit you need and the taste you like. It would also be nice to switch from one to another every once in a while, just to mix things up.
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