Resveratrol has been linked to promoting good skin, slow doing ageing and provide a dose of antioxidants to the body. Moderate red wine consumption has also been linked to promoting hair and heart health, inducing sleep and guarding against cognitive decline.
‘New study links moderate wine consumption with higher fertility and ovarian reserve in women. Five servings of red wine benefited the participating women in the study while other alcoholic beverages like beer and white wine were not linked to the same benefits.’
Research from the Washington University School of Medicine in the US revealed that hopeful mothers who regularly drank red wine had better ovarian reserve. The team examined the effect of alcohol on fertility on 135 women aged 18 to 44 years and measured their ovarian reserve.
This is the ovaries' capacity to make healthy egg cells, which is measured by counting the antral follicles that produce them. Antral follicle count (AFC) is the standard way of assessing a woman's fertility and the typical number for a woman in her 30s is around 12 or 13, but this decreases over time.
Head of the British Fertility Society Adam Balen said that it is an interesting idea that a small amount of red wine might be positively associated with ovarian reserve.
"However we have to remember that the exposure of the developing foetus to alcohol may cause irreversible developmental damage and so alcohol consumption should be less than six units per week for women wishing to conceive," Balen added.