We all know that red wine has some amazing health benefits, but it turns out that there may be a link between red wine and depression. Drinking it may actually help beat the blues. The study was done in Spain, and it found that those who drank between two and seven glasses of red wine per week had the lowest chances of developing depression than any other group of drinkers – including those that don’t drink at all.
Red wine is getting lots of positive press lately, but it’s not the intoxicating properties that do a body good; it’s the fact that red wine contains resveratrol, which has been found to have amazing body benefits. It’s a compound found in wine and other red or black grape products, and it’s been found to have cardiovascular benefits.
Lately, resveratrol has been in the news for its ability to make cancer cells more susceptible to chemotherapy treatment. Now, resveratrol has been found to have the same effect on cancer cells that will be treated with radiation.
When it comes to depression, red wine of course, shouldn’t be the only defense. Often, maintaining a healthy diet, getting plenty of sleep and getting enough exercise can help with depressions symptoms, but adding wine to a healthy diet may be another option when working to boost your overall mood. Just be careful not to drink too much wine, or any other alcohol, because too much of a good thing can quickly turn bad.
If you are experiencing severe depression, or are having suicidal thoughts and feel that you cannot get out of your funk, are experiencing health problems or are having trouble sleeping, it might be time to talk to your doctor about your feelings.
Also, don’t try to rely only on red wine to get your grape goodness; add some red or purple grapes to your diet, and the occasional grape juice – although sugary, can be a good way to get more of the compound, as well.
While the studies have all found that getting enough resveratrol to make a significant difference in overall health in some cases such as cancer treatment, a couple glasses of wine a week can certainly have mood boosting benefits.