Boomers thrive on the benefits of wine

Boomer enjoying a glass of red wine

Depending on what day it is and who is expressing their opinion, the benefits of wine consumption may or may not be good for us Baby Boomers. It’s a debate that continues and an interesting one to follow. 

For years, health professionals and scientists have touted the benefits of wine, particularly red wine, for healthy aging. They say it helps keep you young. It’s good for your heart and all the diseases associated with aging.

And then someone comes along every now and then and says - “whoa, it’s not so good for you after all.” None of those benefits have been proven and drinking is bad for you, period.

Pretty soon, another study is released that’s discovered more benefits of wine consumption. And back and forth it goes.

But it looks like the Baby Boomers are paying more attention to those who say it’s good for what ails us, rather than those who doubt it. In recent years, Boomers have constituted 41 percent of the market for wine drinkers.

In 2010, the Wine Market Council said that Boomers purchased about 25 percent of wine in the United States.

A big part of the magic comes from the antioxidant resveratrol, a natural pest repellent found in the skins of grapes. It reportedly blocks the bad kind of cholesterol or LDL in our bodies and promotes the good kind, the HDL. 

Researchers say that those who drink red wine in moderation have a much lower risk of getting heart disease than those who don’t drink it.

Claims for wine benefit, especially red, include that it not only keeps heart and lungs healthy but also helps reduce risk of breast and prostate cancers.

Wine helps protect against tooth decay, gum disease, osteoporosis and other aging issues such as Alzheimer’s and type 2 diabetes. 

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Other benefits of wine consumption

Various studies have shown that drinking wine:

  • May reduce the risk of depression
  • Can prevent colon cancer and breast cancer
  • Reduces the risk of developing dementia
  • Stops the blood vessel growth in the eye that causes blindness
  • Protects the brain from stroke damage
  • Raises the level of omega-3 fatty acid
  • Helps protect the skin from sun damage
  • Lowers blood pressure
  • Improves insulin resistance
  • Reduces inflammation
  • Relieves stress symtoms
  • Improves short-term memory
  • Helps fight obesity
  • Assists with digestion

How much wine?

A glass of wine with dinner has benefits.

While white wines also have antioxidants, red wines have more. And European wines tend to have more generally than American wines.

Experts caution that in order to maintain the healthy benefits of wine consumption, drinking should be done in moderation. Most say that one glass of wine for women and two for men are all one should safely consume in a day.

Drinking more than that negates any health benefits and can be detrimental to our health.

Although cabernet sauvignon has the highest level of flavonoids, any type of red wine contains the important antioxidants we need.

Web MD claims that drinking a glass of red wine a day is the most important thing we can do besides not smoking if we’re concerned about healthy aging. Their prescription?

“A glass a day and your skin will glow. As anti-aging advice, this is as good as it gets.”

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