Cheers to the lovers of wine..!! Yes, today I am writing about the benefits that come with the moderate drinking of wine.
Wine is often misjudged as complete alcohol drink which is the biggest myth. Science has proven that moderate drinking of wine could do wonders to health. Wine has been used in medicine not from the modern days but since ancient days, that mean something that our ancestors knew, we are not ready to inherit that.
“Moderate” wine consumption is said to be good for the health. But what is “moderate” wine consumption? How much wine you can drink in one sitting before the health benefits turn into dangers depends on many factors, including the person’s size, age, sex, body stature and general state of health, as well as whether it is being consumed with food or on an empty stomach.
Women absorb alcohol more rapidly than men because of their lower body water content and different levels of stomach enzymes. Therefore, moderate wine consumption will be a lower amount for women than for men. According to US Department of Agriculture – moderate intake is defined asup to one drink per day for women and two drinks per day for men”.
Possible benefits of moderate drinking of wine are:
- Good for Heart:
Many modern studies have shown that moderate wine consumption may reduce the risk of heart disease. This health discovery became famous when studies showed that the French people have one of the lowest heart attack rates in the world. The phenomenon was attributed to the regular consumption of red wine by the French and became known as the “French paradox.” Harvard researchers included moderate wine consumption as one of the “eight proven ways to reduce coronary heart disease risk.” Researchers believe the antioxidants in the skin and seeds of red grapes, called flavonoids, reduce the risk of coronary heart disease by lowering LDL (bad) cholesterol, increasing levels of HDL (good) cholesterol and reducing blood clotting.
Research has shown that a moderate level of wine consumed with meals does not have a substantial impact on blood sugar levels. A 2005 study presented to the American Diabetes Association suggests that moderate consumption of wine may lower the risk of developing diabetes. Resveratrol, which is found in the skin of red grapes, may help those with diabetes regulate their blood sugar and achieve lower blood glucose levels.
- Prevents Common Cold:
The antioxidants in red wine may also prevent the common cold. Researchers investigated the alcohol-drinking habits of 4,272 faculty and staff of five Spanish universities. Consumption of wine — especially red wine — was associated with a low risk of contracting the common cold.
- Protects from Sunburns:
Wine and grape derivatives can help reduce the damaging effects of UV (ultraviolet) light. When UV rays make contact with human skin, they activate reactive oxygen species (ROS), which oxidize fats, DNA and other large molecules, which in turn stimulate other enzymes that harm skin cells. Flavonoids, found in wine and grapes, inhibit the formation of the ROS in skin cells that are exposed to sunlight.
- Weight Loss:
Wine is usually viewed as “forbidden fruit” on a weight-loss or maintenance program. However, studies does not agree with this, what they say is exactly opposite of this. Wine can stimulate the appetite so it is better to drink it with food. When alcohol is mixed with food, it can slow the stomach’s emptying time and potentially decrease the amount of food consumed at the meal.Moreover, wine is low in calories; a serving of 5oz has approx. 100 calories and 2.5 gm of carbohydrates.
- Stronger Bones:
Moderate drinkers may cut their risk of osteoporosis– age-related bone thinning related tocalcium loss. A report in the American Journal of Epidemiology in April 2000 showed that women who drank 11 to 29 grams of alcohol a day — the equivalent of one to three glasses of wine — had greater bone mineral density, measured in the hip region of their thighbones, than nondrinkers or heavy drinkers. Bone mineral density is the measure physicians use to determine bone strength and resilience.
- Reduces Risk of Depression:
We all know that a good glass of dry wine can be relaxing and alleviate some stress. But it may have more noteworthy effects. One large study found that wine consumption in the range of two to seven drinks a week was significantly associated with lower rates of depression, while heavy drinkers seem to be at higher risk. Another study based in Norway found that moderate drinkers are at lower risk of suffering depression than those who have no wine.
- Prevents Breast Cancer:
Regular consumption of most alcoholic drinks increases the risk of breast cancer. However, red wine intake has the opposite effect. The scientists explained that chemicals in the skins and seeds of red grapes reduce estrogen levels while raising testosterone in premenopausal women – which results in a lower risk of developing breast cancer.
Studies have suggested that wine has anti-ageing properties. Specifically, resveratrol was the compound found to have the beneficial effect. The resveratrol in wine comes from the skins of red grapes. Blueberries cranberries and nuts are also sources of resveratrol.
These were the benefits which have been found out by different institutions and ongoing studies. To be fair, wine’s magical health benefits can quickly turn to risks if you over-imbibe, so we’re talking a serving per day here, people, not the whole bottle. While wine consumption may appear to be good for the health, drinking too much can lead to a higher risk of:
- Mental health problems
- Fatty liver
- Alcoholic hepatitis
- Several cancers
As well as many other chronic diseases. So, be aware always keep a check on your wine intake as well as of your friends and family.
Drink Healthy… Stay Healthy…!!
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