If you’re at all familiar with the benefits of wine, then you know that wine is good for you. We hear about how wine is chock-full of antioxidants and resveratrol and we are told of the resulting health benefits that wine can offer us. Many of us have heard of the “French paradox”, exploring how people who eat well and drink wine are able to maintain healthy lives and live longer. Scientists have been intrigued by the idea of the French paradox ever since it was brought to light. However, what many scientists may be overlooking is the fact that many of the benefits that wine has to offer have absolutely nothing to do with science and everything to do with the human psyche.
People who drink wine live longer. That’s well-known. This fact used to be attributed to the resveratrol that wine contains, but we now know that the amount of resveratrol contained in wine is minimal. It would require hundreds or thousands of bottles per day to mimic the good results seen in laboratory mice.
So what is it about wine that makes people live longer?