Here we go: Yet another reason to drink wine (as if we needed one!). Wine Spectator reports in this week’s “Wine and Healthy Living” newsletter that there is one more in a very long string of reports on wine’s health benefits. This time, the news deals with lung cancer, which, according to new research, may be prevented--or, at the very least, staved off--by the consumption of wine.
Of course, this early-stage evidence is still primarily based on lab research, but, according to the story, “the results may translate to humans,” as have so many other lab tests dealing with wine’s health benefits.
This also brings up another aspect of wine’s healthfulness that is too often overlooked: That many of wine’s benefits are not limited just to the chemically and scientifically quantifiable, but also by the social aspects of it. After all, in a world as stressful and demanding as this modern one we all wake up in every morning, wine offers the opportunity for a break, for socializing, and for enjoying a few moments without the other stresses we spend so much of the rest of our time contending with.
At the end of the day (both literally and figuratively), sitting down with friends or new acquaintances and conversing over a glass or three is one of the best, most relaxing and healthful activities I can think of. The benefits are physical, mental, and emotional in equal measure. And no matter what you pair it with, wine almost always makes a meal better than it would have been without.
Now, if only the scientific community found evidence that filling your water bottle with wine and sipping from it at the gym was good for your health, we'd really be set...