17 Scientific Studies with Great News About Wine

What's not to love about wine? It's the perfect way to wash down a fancy dinner and it's some of the best social lubricant money can buy. Plus, it tastes delicious! Still, there are always naysayers out there, eager to claim that wine really isn't all that great. They're clearly wrong, but if you want a little evidence to back up your vino obsession, there's good news: The scientists are on your side.

That's right! There are actually some major scientific studies out there that prove wine is great. A lot of people already know that wine is good for your heart, but science has found that wine is good for you in other ways, too. From giving you emotional stability to physical longevity, wine can do it all.

Want to know more? Check out the coolest wine studies around, detailing benefits you never knew existed. As if you need more reasons to drink wine.
  • Drinking Wine in Moderation Can Make You Smarter

    Drinking Wine in Moderation Can Make You Smarter
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    Everyone knows that a whole lot of alcohol can make you act pretty dumb, but what about just a little bit of it? Well, the University of Illinois at Chicago has evidence that drinking in moderation can make your brain work faster. Participants were given several puzzles, and results showed that sober folks found the answer slower than those who'd had a drink or two. Not that we recommend downing a bottle of wine before your next exam or anything.
  • White Wine Can Help Prevent Cancer

    White Wine Can Help Prevent Cancer
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    You've heard about the benefits of red wine, but what's white wine good for? As it turns out, it's great for helping prevent cancer. That's right, white wines may actually be even better than red wines for cancer prevention, based on the fact that they have higher amounts of antioxidants. Chardonney lovers have the University of Barcelona to thank for this bit of good news!
  • Wine Drinkers Are Less Likely to Catch a Cold

    Wine Drinkers Are Less Likely to Catch a Cold
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    The benefits of wine even extend to the immune system! A study from Carnegie Mellon researchers showed that moderate drinkers had a higher resistance to that age-old affliction: the common cold. Another study in the American Journal of Epidemiology later backed up this claim, citing wine’s antioxidant content as a possible contributor.
  • Red Wine Is Good for Your Heart

    Red Wine Is Good for Your Heart
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    It has long been said that red wine is good for the heart, but do you know why? As it turns out, there's a substance in wine called resveratrol, and some studies have shown that it can prevent damage to blood vessels, reduce "bad" cholesterol, and even prevent blood clots. All of that leads to less heart disease