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Is There a Fountain of Youth to be Found in Wine? Florence Bearse Thinks So

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According to Florence Bearse of Bangor, Maine, the secret to living to the age of 100 is in a glass of wine. Recently celebrating becoming a centenarian, in an interview with WLBZ, Bearse said, “I like my wine. Don’t take it away from me.” In fact, for her 100th birthday, along with cake, balloons, and gifts, she was treated to a glass of red wine. And, she’s not alone in her claim. In 2016, at the age of 105, Eileen Ash told the BBC that not only did she love yoga, but she also enjoyed two glasses of red wine daily, identifying it as the key to longevity. Also, at 107 years of age last year, Antonio Docampo told Mic.com that he drank red wine as well as a shot of brandy each day.

Is There a Fountain of Youth to be Found in Wine? Florence Bearse Thinks So

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A number of studies extolled the health benefits of wine, particularly red, with the most popular one in the social media realm being one out of the University of Alberta in Canada that found that a glass of red wine was comparable to an hour of gym time. Still, another determined that in moderation, red wine had the potential to benefit one’s heart health. Considering the ample production of great quality red (and white) wines throughout the state of Texas, it’s a boon to have such studies support a product with health benefits, provided it’s consumed in moderation.

Is There a Fountain of Youth to be Found in Wine? Florence Bearse Thinks So
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In an interview with Global News, Vancouver-based registered dietician Desiree Nielsen explained that red wine actually isn’t a bad idea to incorporate into one’s health plan if an anti-inflammatory lifestyle and good heart health are priorities. However, she advised, “While there is evidence that a moderate amount of wine may have health benefits, we also have to weigh that against the potential risks for the individual.” Further to that, she added, “To keep your body as healthy as possible, I recommend going at least two or three days without any alcohol consumption, in line with national [Canadian] guidelines. Even better, keep drinks to the weekend most weeks, but just remember, you can’t save up your weekly allotment and spend it all in two days.”

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