Who says a healthy diet is no fun? Wine is a key component of the Mediterranean diet, and sipping two drinks a day (no more!) can make your RealAge up to 7.7 years younger. That's because alcohol -- wine, beer, or hard liquor -- can benefit your heart and your head by lowering the risk of dementia and heart disease. If red wine is your drink of choice, here's another reason to raise a glass: It boosts helpful HDL cholesterol and may even cut men's risk of prostate cancer in half.
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Celeste Robb-Nicholson, Internal Medicine, answeredWe toast to good health for good reason. Moderate drinking has been associated with reduced risk for heart disease and death from all causes. Alcohol of any kind increases high density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol, improves insulin sensitivity, and reduces inflammation. Wine in particular contains small amounts of plant substances called flavonoids that have demonstrated anti-inflammatory and anticancer activity in laboratory experiments.