You’ve heard the jokes and seen the memes about how moms need their coffee or wine (or both!) You might not need any extra reasons to enjoy coffee or wine, but they really do have their health benefits. Here are 20 reasons why you should savor your next glass of wine or cup of joe. Bottoms up!
20 Reduces LDL
The antioxidants in red wine called polyphenols may help protect the lining of blood vessels in your heart. Resveratrol, a polyphenol, is a key ingredient in red wine that helps prevent damage to blood vessels, reduces the LDL or “bad” cholesterol, and helps prevent blood clots.
19 Slows Decline in Brain
A 2015 study showed that while Resveratrol may not stop Alzheimer’s disease, it can help slow down the decline in brain function.
18 Helps Regulate Blood Sugar
Resveratrol may also help stimulate insulin secretionor activate a protein that helps diabetics regulate their blood sugar.
17 Lower Risk of Cataracts
It’s possible that Resveratrol may also decrease the risk of developing cataracts and other eye conditions.
16 Reduce Cavities
A 2007 study found that both red and white wines could block the growth of Streptococcus, a common culprit in cavity formation.
15 Acne Fighter
Resveratrol is better than benzoyl peroxide when it comes to fighting acne. Don’t buy skin cream; just have a glass of wine!
14 Heart Health
Studies have shown that moderate amounts of all types of alcohol benefit your heart, not just red wine. It's thought that alcohol raises the HDL or “good” cholesterol, reduces blood clots, and helps prevent artery damage.
13 Reduced Risk of Depression
In 2013, Spanish researchers found that men and women who drink 2-7 glasses of wine a week were less likely to suffer from depression.
12 Boosts Immune
Researchers believe antioxidant-rich red wines help reduce inflammation, boost immune response, and reduce cold symptoms.
11 Sleep Aid
Red wine contains melatonin, which can help you sleep.
10 Lower Mortality Rate
A 2007 study shows that wine drinkers have a 34% lower mortality rate than beer or liquor drinkers. Cheers to a long and healthy life!
9 Lower Risk of Heart Failure
Good morning! The best part of waking up is coffee in your cup! A 2012 meta-analysis of studies on heart failure found that four cups of coffee a day provided the lowest risk of heart failure.
8 Reduced Risk of Dementia
A 2009 study says that 3-5 cups of coffee may reduce your risk of Alzheimer’s and dementia by up to 70%. Other studies have also shown that coffee may reduce cognitive decline in aging adults.
7 Reduced Risk of Stroke
A 2011 study of 35,000 women showed that women ages 49-83 who drank more than one cup of coffee a day had a lowered risk of stroke compared to those who drank less. The study also found that drinking little or no coffee actually showed a slightly increased risk.
6 Raises Metabolism
The caffeine in coffee is a stimulant, which helps raise your metabolism and flush fatty acids from your system. It can also enhance physical and athletic performance.
5 Ward Off Diabetes
Drinking coffee may help reduce the risk of developing diabetes.
4 Improved Memory
A 2014 Johns Hopkins University study found that caffeine (whether it’s coffee, tea, or an energy drink,) helps improve memory.
3 The Aroma
According to a 2008 study, just the smell of coffee can pep you up, make you feel energized and less stressed.
Coffee contains high levels of antioxidants, which have been linked to numerous health benefits such as protection against heart disease and cancer.
The number one reason why moms love their coffee and/or wine? Because they’re both delicious!