Look, I’m as skeptical as you are when a scientific study tells us something we really want to hear. That’s not the way it’s supposed to work. Eggs will kill you, the delicious Bloomin’ Onion is literally the worst food for you on the planet, T-bone steaks will T-ank your blood pressure. That’s what I’m used to.
So it was with trepidation that I read about the wonderful, no, dare I say, transcendent, research findings on life longevity from the 90+ Study. The research findings were presented at the 2019 American Association for the Advancement of Science’s annual conference by researchers Claudia Kawas and Maria Corrada from the University of California Irvine’s Institute for Memory Impairments and Neurological Disorders.
The ongoing study, started 16 years ago, is intended to determine the factors of longevity including understanding what makes people live to age 90 and older and what types of food, activities, or lifestyles contribute to such long lives.
Participants in the study, referred to as “the oldest old” (which is what I feel like some days) are visited every six months by researchers who perform medical, physical, and cognitive tests and who gather dietary and lifestyle information.
Lo and behold, the research is finding that drinking wine (or other alcohol) and coffee in moderation leads to longer lifespans than for those who abstained. The key is, as with so many things in life, moderation.
Honestly, I don’t give a damn why the researchers came to this conclusion, they did, so just let me enjoy this.
Let me instead ruminate on just how important this finding is, beyond the “finally, some good news from science” front. Anyone you talk to that enjoys wine and/or coffee will tell you it contributes to their happiness. And researchincreasingly supports that happiness leads to success, not the other way around. So the news of this study not only means that sipping a cup o’ joe and a glass o’ vino is good for life longevity, it will be a happier, more successful life at that.
But it would probably be irresponsible of me to suggest your life plan should stop at more Starbucks and Chardonnay. The study also touts the importance of more of what you’d expect, although even then, with a degree of surprise to it.
First, the more obvious. Life longevity is greatly enhanced by exercising 15 to 45 minutes each day, which reduces the risk of early death by 11 percent.
But this next one has a twist. The study also touts the importance of having hobbies so you can stay mentally sharp. In fact, spending two hours on a daily hobby reduces the risk of early death by a whopping 21 percent, almost twice that of exercising.
So in summary–the most important takeaways here are drink more wine, sip more coffee, and spend more time on your hobbies. At last, a prescription I can follow!
By Steven Skorupa When you first get into the world of wine, it can be a very intimidating thing. With so many styles, flavors, aromas, pairings, etc. where do you even start? There is always the fear of the “snooty sommeliers” who only talk about wine in a pretentious way (though a majority of sommeliers […]
The best recipe for a good night’s sleep? A delicious meal (say, this cacio e pepe pasta) served alongside a glass of pinot or two. You know, nothing crazy, but just enough booze to make us feel pleasantly drowsy. And we’re not the only ones. According to the National Sleep Foundation, 20 percent of Americans use alcohol to help them fall asleep. But is our nighttime vino habit helping or hurting our sleep?
So, here’s the thing—while alcohol might make it easier to fall asleep, it can actually mess with your sleep cycle, thereby decreasing the quality of your snooze. Here’s how: Alcohol reduces rapid eye movement (REM) sleep. This is the stage of sleep where you dream and it’s thought to be the most restorative phase. Mess with this part of the cycle, and you’ll likely feel groggy and unfocused the next day.
Another way too much booze messes with your shut-eye? It could cause you to wake up in the middle of the night—either due to those extra bathroom trips or by affecting chemicals in your body. Per the Sleep Foundation, “after drinking, production of adenosine (a sleep-inducing chemical in the brain) is increased, allowing for a fast onset of sleep. But it subsides as quickly as it came, making you more likely to wake up before you’re truly rested.”
It’s not all bad news, though. One or two drinks appears to have minimal effects on sleep, according to research (especially if it’s with dinner, which gives your body enough time to metabolize it well before you turn in for the night). Just don’t polish the entire bottle off by yourself, OK?
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By Ashley Oerman
You might already be using vino to treat your mental health, but red wine may benefit way more than passive aggressive energy on a Friday night.
“Red wine contains antioxidants, particularly polyphenols provided by the grapes,” says Gabby Geerts, Registered Dietitian at Green Chef. “Polyphenols have been shown to improve heart function and blood pressure, thus reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease,” she adds. So, yay!
One really important thing though: In order to get that wellness boost, you have to stop sipping after a five-ounce glass. Otherwise, Geerts says, you’ll miss out on the healthy perks—and increase your risk of being seriously hungover the next day.
While, yes, that’s kind of a buzzkill (literally), keep in mind that a little glass is all you need to score massive, science-backed benefits.
Here, more fun facts about the other magical powers of red wine. Cheers!
In a 2014 study published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, researchers found that red wine (even the non-alcoholic kind) killed more cavity-causing bacteria than water spiked with alcohol. Guess purple mouth isn’t so bad after all, huh?
Sounds weird, but it could be legit. In a recent review of nearly 80 studies published in the journal Diseases, researchers suggest that flavonoids, an antioxidant found in red wine, could reduce allergy and asthma symptoms. More research is needed to confirm these findings, but, hey, it’s promising.
In one somewhat gross study from 2017, researchers added wine-derived human gut metabolites—or the substance formed after your body digests wine and is found in poop—to deteriorating neurological cells. Then, something weird happened: The metabolites kept the cells from dying. Voila!
While heavy drinking has been associated with the mental health issue, keeping your vino intake between two and seven five-ounce glasses a week might actually decrease your chances of developing the disorder, according to a 2013 study published in the journal BMC Medicine.
In a 2015 study published in the journal Annals of Internal Medicine, Scientists assigned 224 patients with Type 2 Diabetes to one of three groups. The first (and luckiest) group was instructed to drink 5 ounces of red with dinner every night for two years (PARTY!). The second (and second luckiest) had to drink five ounces of white. The last group drank mineral water. (Sad.) By the end of the study, researchers found that the winos had better blood sugar control than those downing H2O. Plus, the red wine group improved their cholesterol levels. Merlot for all!
I knew I was right all along.
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Are you a dog mom who loves to chill at home and drink wine with your pup? Well, now they can turn up too!! Cat moms are also in luck*
Animal Lovers Rejoice! There’s Now a Wine For Your Furry Friends
Dog Wines: CharDOGnay and ZinfantailCat Wines: Pinot Meow and Moscato
Wine for dogs & cats has been a thing for a few years apparently, and I feel like a failure as a human, dog mom, and self-proclaimed wino for not knowing this.
Don’t make the same mistake I did.