|A toast to moms everywhere!|
Come Sunday, moms everywhere will be showered with love and affection, but when it comes to giving your mom the perfect Mother’s Day gift, you might want to set aside the flowers and scarves and give mom the gift of wine. Not only is wine the most popular alcoholic beverage among women, but it turns out that moderate wine consumption—particularly red wine—has some significant health benefits that can help women stay healthier and happier longer—and recent studies have also shown that a glass of red wine a few times a week has anti-aging properties.
Here are 3 reasons why wine is the best Mother’s Day gift:
Red Wine Makes You Happier: Over a 7 year period, researchers in Spain found that individuals aged 55-80 years of age who consumed red wine 2 to 3 times a week, reported higher levels of satisfaction with their lives and were less likely to suffer from depression. This could be linked to wine’s reputation as a social beverage. Opening a bottle of wine is a celebratory affair and usually goes along with good friends—and good food.
Red Wine has Anti-aging Properties: Red wine is full of anti-oxidants and flavonoids, but most notably, red wine contains Resveratrol, a compound found in grape skins that reduces the stickiness in blood platelets, which keeps blood vessels open and flexible. Moderate red wine consumption can also lower cholesterol and reduce the risk of a stroke or heart attack.
Red Wine Can Lower the Risk of Breast Cancer: While other alcoholic beverages can increase a women’s risk of developing breast cancer, drinking red wine can lower a women’s risk. The Journal of Women’s Health noted that the compounds in the skins and seeds of red grapes lowers estrogen levels and raises testosterone levels. Overall, lower estrogen levels, especially in women in their 40s and 50s, is beneficial in reducing the risk of breast cancer.
The value of red wine in preventing health issues and maintaining quality of living is nothing new. Hippocrates, the father of modern medicine, is credited with first promoting red wine as part of a healthy diet. While this is good news for all wine lovers, the positive benefits of moderate red wine consumption in women are especially noteworthy. This year, when you give your mom the gift of wine for Mother’s Day, you’ll be helping her to stay happier and healthier longer.
Cheers to moms everywhere!