Scientists Finally Figured Out Why Wine Is Healthy

They had it all wrong before this.

You've probably heard that red wine is good for you thanks to a compound it contains called resveratrol, which can promote longevity and a reduced risk of cancer, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and other illnesses, according to previous research

While that seems like reason enough to pop a bottle, researchers actually hadn't been able to explain exactly how resveratrol works its magic, or whether you can reap the benefits without drinking wine by the case. 

But in a new study recently published in the journal Nature, scientists found that when your body is under stress, relatively low doses of resveratrol (like the amount found in a couple glasses of red wine) activates a protein that can repair DNA, suppress tumor genes, and ultimately prolong your life. Simply put, reservatrol appears to amp up your body's natural stress response to limit the damage that could ultimately lead to aging and disease, according to researchers. 

Resveratrol isn't just found in red wine. While there's not a ton of it in white wine (unlike red wine, it's not fermented with grape skins, which is where resveratrol originates), cacao beans contain plenty of it, as do cocoa powder, semisweet chocolate baking chips, and dark chocolate. Which means you can drink to your health while you double down on dessert. And that's something to toast to.

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This article originally appeared on Cosmopolitan.com. Minor edits have been made by the Cosmo.ph editors. 

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