Red wine at dinner? Totally fine.

When enjoyed in moderation, red wine has more than a few health benefits. So, if you’re looking for a solid reason to uncork that bottle of cab, look no further. Here are 9 reasons to drink red wine:

It’s good for your heart.

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It’s true, the antioxidants, such as flavonoids or a substance called resveratrol in red wine is known to keep your arteries strong by reducing the amount of LDL (bad cholesterol) in the body, preventing clots. Cheers.

You’ll sleep better.

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Red wine contains a chemical called melatonin. And this very important natural chemical helps regulate sleep cycles. There’s a reason why that glass of wine makes you sleepy.

Keep your brain healthy.

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Red wine has been shown to reduce to brain plaques through its antioxidant properties, reducing the chances of Alzheimer’s.

For better dental health.

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Red wine has been shown to hardened enamel, which makes it more resistant to the bacteria, Streptococcus mutants. This bacteria is known to accelerate tooth decay. The polyphenols in red wine actually work to prevent gum disease, as well.

Better cardio classes.

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Studies have shown that red wine consumption improves the duration of your cardiac performance by improving heart health.

Fewer wrinkles.

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Many skin products contain resveratrol.  In fact, the antioxidants in resveratrol help to repair the free radicals in the skin and prevent other free radicals from forming. The removal of free radicals helps to maintain skin integrity and limit wrinkles. #boom.

Diabetes protection.

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Resveratrol helps to prevent insulin resistance that occurs when the body starts to repress the actions of insulin, which helps to control blood glucose levels.

Lose the weight.

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Who doesn’t like foods and drinks that help you lose weight?  Piceatannol, similar to resveratrol, may help in blocking the cellular processes that allow fat cells and grow develop.

Farewell, cancer.

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Independent studies have showed that red wine in moderation may lead to a decreased chance of developing cancers such as colon, breast and neck cancers.

Remember, enjoy that glass of red wine, but always drink responsibly.

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Written by Rise Coach Derrick Dawson, Registered Dietitian. Derrick lives in Georgia, and is a self-described health and wellness addict. His areas of expertise include clinical obesity, heart disease, diabetes education, and sports nutrition. Learn more about Derrick and how to work with him here.