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Feeling Anxious? Here’s Why Having A Glass Of Red Wine Could Be Good For You.

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America is presently dealing with an anxiety epidemic, with the National Alliance On Mental Illness reporting that around 40 million adults in the country have an anxiety disorder. If you’re always worried or are constantly afraid even in non-threatening situations, you may need to seek some help to allay your fears or improve your mental wellbeing. While therapy and medication are some of the most effective ways to deal with anxiety issues, a new research has shown that drinking red wine may actually help to relieve depression and anxiety. It has been proven that certain key elements in red wine may help to improve physical health, and now, it looks like you may have another good reason why you should enjoy the occasional glass of Cabernet Sauvignon or Pinot Noir after a stressful day at work.

Resveratrol and your mental health

Resveratrol, which is a compound found in red wine, has been scientifically proven to lower one’s risk of developing certain health conditions that range from heart disease to cancer. This is the reason why red wine has gotten its reputation for being a healthy drink, compared to other alcoholic drinks. Now, a University of Buffalo study has shown that resveratrol can block the body’s production of a hormone called corticosterone, which is a hormone that can cause poor mental health.

According to the study, the human body releases corticosterone as its way to cope with stress. However, too much of it in the brain can put a person at risk of developing anxiety disorders and depression. When consumed moderately, red wine and its resveratrol content can slow down the body’s production of corticosterone, and it can make you feel less stressed. Managing stress is one of the most effective ways to cope with anxiety disorders. Moreover, it’s essential to avoid having sleep problems, which can exacerbate restlessness, irritability, or feelings of apprehension. The more relaxed you are, the better you sleep, the less stress you feel, and the sunnier your outlook in life-- all that, with just a glass of red wine.

Should you eschew medication for wine therapy?

Dr. Ying Xu, who is the co-author of the University of Buffalo study, claims that drinking wine may be a better way to treat mental health conditions, saying that resveratrol “may be an effective alternative to drugs for treating patients suffering from depression and anxiety disorders.” While this may be good news for wine aficionados, this doesn’t mean that you should drink more than what’s good for you as excessive alcohol consumption can lead to other health problems, including addiction. In order to enjoy the health and restorative benefits of wine, aim for a light to moderate intake, which means one glass for women and about one to two glasses for men per day.

Mindful ways to enjoy your wine

After a hectic week, you may want to do nothing more than to uncork a bottle of Merlot and down that while streaming your favorite Netflix show. However, in order to enjoy the stress-relieving effects of wine, you’ll need to consume it slowly and mindfully-- think of it as a form of meditation, only with a glass of wine in hand. Pour the wine into your favorite wine glass, and keep what’s left of it for next time. Try sipping it slowly while you’re having a relaxing bath in the tub and listening to soothing music. Or sit outdoors and take in the beauty of nature while you savor your drink. Remember that it’s not about getting a buzz from drinking-- your goal is to relax and unwind while sipping your favorite vintage.

Wine can help to relieve stress and anxiety, but to get the full mental health benefits, you’ll need to drink moderately and mindfully every time you decide to indulge in some wine therapy. If anxiety disorder symptoms persist, consult your doctor to get the best treatment for your health and wellbeing.

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