The secret health benefits of wine

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The health secrets of wine

At the end of a long day a glass of wine is the perfect way to unwind — but did you know a glass of wine has health benefits?

Here are a few benefits wine has to offer:

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Helps you lose weight
A study found that red wine contains the natural compound resveratrol, which can improve physical performance and heart function. The study also found that one glass of red wine can be equivalent to one hour of exercise.

Preserves memory
Resveratrol is also linked to reducing blood clots and blood vessel inflammation, which can cause cognitive decline.

Reduces acne breakouts
Again resveratrol to the rescue — it can help inhibit the growth of acne-causing bacteria to banish those pesky breakouts.

Improves heart health
Wine contains antioxidants that can help prevent heart disease — these antioxidants can reduce the risk of heart attack by lowering bad cholesterol levels.

Relieves allergies
White wines, like a Sauvignon Blanc, are low in histamines and can help relieve allergy symptoms.

There are conflicting studies on whether or not wine helps you live longer. However researchers found that a happy life is the key to longevity.

So if a glass of wine makes you happy — enjoy it.

Click through the slideshow for more about where types of wine and where it comes from:

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Types of wine and where they come from

Cabernet Sauvignon grapes originated in France. 

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The earliest known use of the Merlot grape was in France. It is now the most widely planted red wine grape in the world. 

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Pinot noir grapes are most often associated with France. 

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While Chardonnay's origin is in France, the grapes are now grown worldwide. 

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Moscato is made from the Muscat grape which originated in Italy. 

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Pinot grigio is an Italian creation from the Pinot gris grape. 

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Malbec is a celebrated Argentinian wine. 

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The French Sauvignon blanc grapes are grown worldwide, especially in France, Chile, Australia, South Africa and California. 

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Shiraz is blended from the DNA of various French grapes.

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Gewurztraminer grapes originate in Germany and flourish in colder climates. 

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Riesling grapes originated in Germany's Rhine region. 

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Zinfandel grapes have similar DNA to several Croatian grapes, and are grown heavily in California. 

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