Research has suggested that moderate drinking could be good for your heart. Various studies show, for most people, that just 5 ounces of red wine a day could contribute to:
• Gum Health: The antioxidants help destroy bacteria, reducing the risk for gum disease.
• Bone Health: Alcohol can affect the hormone estrogen, leading to increased bone density.
• Heart Health: By helping to prevent aortic stiffness, alcohol can work against cardiovascular disease.
• Mental Health: By keeping blood vessels supple, the supply of oxygen to the brain increases from the effects of moderate amounts of alcohol.
Sources of the studies include the New England Journal of Medicine, American Association of Dental Research, and Annals of Rheumatic Disease.