Do you know about the secret ingredient in red wine? Resveratrol can help support normal cholesterol and combat obesity and much more! In fact, a study recently suggested it can even reduce heart disease by limiting the “formation of inflammatory factors”—possibly slowing it down before it becomes a problem.  Don’t think resveratrol will make you instantly healthy, and always make sure you get all the heart-healthy benefits by exercising (not while drinking, of course). 
Surprising Benefits of Red Wine
Red wine is a powerful food that, in moderation, could provide numerous health benefits. Here are 4 surprising health benefits of red wine.
1. Fights Cavities
Just about all of us would agree that good dental health is a priority. While many communities still fluoridate water for dental health, the effects are limited and also potentially harmful. So it’s great to hear that a little red wine could have the same effect. A new study even suggested it could even help fight cavities by preventing bacterial growth. 
2. Makes You More Attractive
A study suggested a glass of red wine could lead to a happier, more relaxed mood and could also increase facial flushing.  Sort of a no brainer, right? Well, here’s where it gets interesting. These things can make you more attractive in the eyes of your partner. While not a physical health benefit, I think most of us would agree that’s a definite emotional perk.
3. Eases Depression
One recent study suggested the anti-inflammatory properties of resveratrol could even help with depression.  With almost 148 million people in the U.S. battling some form of depression, this news could be huge—maybe even leading more scientists to study the connection between natural anti-inflammatories and depression.
4. Cancer Support
We all know that drinking alcohol damages cells in the body but some research shows that resveratrol can actually attack and kill those damaged cells.  In a recent study, resveratrol in red wine counteracted the effects of alcohol, leading to a lower cancer rate. Anything that can help in cancer prevention is definitely a beautiful thing!
One Final Thought
Remember how I mentioned earlier that resveratrol could help combat obesity? There’s recent evidence suggesting a glass of wine a day could help overweight people burn fat faster.  That’s not to say red wine is a total freebie. You can’t just drink all you like; there will always be risks with that kind of behavior, but there’s an argument to be had for the idea that red wine in moderation has the potential to do a lot of good. Remember though, red wine is not the only source for resveratrol; you can also find it in things like certain nuts and berries, and nutritional supplements.
How do you get your resveratrol? Tell us in the comments!
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