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A Lifelong Learning Tip: Drink Wine

A Lifelong Learning Tip: Drink Wine

It can improve your health and make you smarter

By Al Edenloff

If you’ve never tried wine before, here’s something to sip on: It could make you healthier and smarter.

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Studies continue to show the benefits of drinking wine.

According to reports published in webmd.com, wine appears to dilate arteries and increase blood flow, which helps lower the risk of the kind of clots that cut off blood supply and damage heart muscles.

There’s also evidence that wine boosts levels of HDL, the “good” cholesterol, and helps prevent LDL, the “bad” cholesterol, from causing damage to the lining of arteries.

In April, an article in Medical News Today reported many possible benefits of wine, based on latest research. According to the story, studies have shown that drinking wine may:
• Reduce the risk of depression.
• Prevent colon cancer.
• Increase life span.
• Prevent breast cancer.
• Reduce the risk of developing dementia.
• Offer protection from severe sunburn by reducing the damaging effects of ultraviolet light.
• Prevent blindness.
• Protect the brain from stroke damage.
• Improve lung function.
• Raise levels of omega-3 fatty acids (which helps protect against coronary heart disease).
• Prevent liver disease.
• Reduce risk of prostate cancer.
• Prevent type 2 diabetes.

Wine’s benefits don’t stop there. Although the studies are thinner, there’s some evidence that wine can make you smarter and more creative.

A story in vinepair.com reported that a few drinks can relax a person’s brain, allowing him or her to think more clearly. The story cited a study that showed a bit of wine helped research participants not to overthink the solutions to a challenge, which allowed their brains to operate more quickly.

The article also stated that moderate intoxication, a blood alcohol content of about 0.075, improves problem solving and leads to “sudden insights,” which the sober participants reported significantly less often.

But don’t go out and drink bottles of wine in one sitting and expect Fountain of Youth results or Einstein insights. The medical findings are based on moderate consumption, a drink or so a day for most women and two drinks for men.

Drinking too much wine can lead to depression, mental health problems, arrhythmias, stroke, hypertension, liver problems, cancers and other chronic diseases.

So when it comes down to the health benefits of wine, remember this quote from one of the greatest philosophers of all time, Aristotle: “Moderation in all things.”

Al Edenloff of Alexandria and his wife, Celeste, were married in the heart of California wine country and enjoy sipping wine on their weekend date nights.

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