Let’s start with the good. “Red wine specifically has been shown in several studies over the last 15 to 20 years to have some benefit in lowering the risk of type 2 diabetes, the risk of stroke, as well as the risks of cataract and even colon cancer,” says Yevgeniy Vaynkof, MD at Medical Offices of Manhattan. Sounds pretty positive, right? The most buzzed-about nutrient in red wine is a chemical compound called resveratrol, which may have anti-cancer properties and has been the focus of much of the research on wine’s benefits to date. But there’s one important caveat here. “While this is very promising, the long-term studies on this have been limited,” says Vaynkof. That means what we know about wine’s benefits is not completely set in stone.
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