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You’ve probably heard it over a thousand and one times just how much of a let down drinking alcohol can be for your health, weight loss, and attitude right?
While everyone seem to be talking about the bad side of things, suprisingly some studies have also shown that boozing on occasion has some perks. And we agree—as you keep your imbibing under control and sipping in moderation.
While this isn’t a go ahead for you to down six beers during your next company happy hour, it’s kinda nice to know that you can hit the bar and a enjoy a drink or two for the sake of your well-being.
“One of the most consistent findings in recent nutrition research is that moderate alcohol consumption can improve health and lead to a longer life,” says Eric Rimm, Sc.D., associate professor of epidemiology and nutrition at the Harvard School of Public Health.
1. Reduced risk of Diabetes
Surprisingly, it can help. A 2005 report published in Diabetes Care found that moderate amounts of alcohol—up to a drink a day for women, up to two drinks a day for men—reduces risk of type 2 diabetes by up to 30 percent.
HOW IT WORKS: Alcohol increases levels of a hormone that improves insulin sensitivity. In other words, it makes it easier for your body to process glucose and use it as energy. This helps reduce the amount of sugar in the bloodstream and ultimately reduces risk for developing diabetes. Thus, a much more productive and health filled life for longer living.
2. Can Improve your Libido.
Contrary to prior beliefs, newer research has found that moderate drinking might actually protect against erectile dysfunction in the same way that drinking red wine might benefit heart disease.
In a 2009 study published in the, Journal of Sexual Medicine, researchers found that the chances of erectile dysfunction were reduced by 25 to 30 percent among alcohol drinkers. The lead researcher, Kew-Kim Chew, an epidemiologist at the University of West Australia, conducted the study with 1,770 Australian men.
In his study, Chew cautiously noted that he and his team in no way are advising men to hit the bottle, and that further research is needed to accurately connect impotence and alcohol consumption.
3. Red wines can actually help you burn fats
It’s true: A glass of red could help you with your weight loss efforts.
A study from Oregon State University revealed that the dark red grapes found in some types of red wine can help people manage obesity and a metabolic fatty liver, due to a chemical called ellagic acid.
This chemical slows down the growth of fat cells and stops new ones from being created, which boosts the metabolism of fatty acids in liver cells.
For those who do not understand, what this simply means is: when growth of fat cells are slowed down and new ones are stopped/prevented from growing, the body is able to burn fat quicker than it normally should have.