At Indulge Bistro and Wine Bar, we love a good glass of wine—that’s why we pour a tremendous amount of care into curating an extensive, high-quality wine list for our patrons to choose from. And we’re not alone! According to the Wine Institute, a 2016 study revealed that the average American enjoys around 2.9 gallons of wine per year, a number that continues to rise year after year. And why not? Wine is delicious and relaxing, and it can enhance the flavor of our food.

But a great glass of wine goes beyond tasty. In fact, a glass of wine most nights can be downright healthy! Wine boasts a range of health benefits, when enjoyed in moderation. Here are four benefits that took us by surprise:

It Increases Bone Density

As we age, our bones become more brittle. Luckily, red wine has high levels of silicon—excellent for improving bone mineral density, reducing the chance of developing osteoporosis.

It Helps to Improve Cognitive Function

Wine is not just good for your bones, it’s also great for your brain! In fact, drinking a single glass has shown to improve brain function, and the chemicals in red wine prevent the brain’s neurons from deteriorating. Therefore, it protects the brain from dementia while helping to slow the onset of Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s, both neurodegenerative diseases.

It Decreases Your Risk for Developing Cancer

Some research has pointed to wine as a possible ally in the fight against cancer development. The risk of colon cancer, prostate cancer, and breast cancer may be reduced by drinking a nightly glass of wine. The antioxidants in wine fight the free radicals that allow cancer to thrive.

Red wine appears to be especially beneficial, due to the resveratrol in it. Resveratrol is known to fight against heart disease and cancerous cells alike. In an article published by Harvard Medical School states that “red wine appears particularly protective against advanced or aggressive cancers.” (Click here to read the full article on the health benefits of red wine concerning the prostate.)

It Decreases the Risk of Stoke

Wine can help prevent blood clotting by acting as a natural blood thinner, helping to decrease the risk of a stroke. And ladies, rejoice—this benefit is stronger in females than males.

While light to moderate consumption may be good in preventing a stroke, decreasing the risk of cancer, increasing bone density, and improving cognitive function, it must be noted that heavy drinking may lead to the opposite effect. As is so often the case, moderation is key.

Come raise a glass to your good health at Indulge Bistro and Wine Bar in Golden or Highlands Ranch, Colorado. (SouthGlenn opening fall 2018!)