Red Wine Is Beneficial To Your Health If You Drink It Moderately
Drinking wine is not bad if done with moderation. Drinking red wine, in particular, has been shown to be beneficial to one’s health as it helps prevent certain diseases, improve mental health, and prolong life. Over the years, studies have been done to test these claims, and modern medicine and science seem to agree that indeed, red wine can be a lifesaver to those who know how to use it responsibly. Is it addicting? Likely, but we’re here to talk about how to drink red wine moderately to reap its health benefits and the conditions it can help arrest. But our advice comes with a warning.
“Wine makes daily living easier, less hurried, with fewer tensions and more tolerance.” -Benjamin Franklin
Drink with moderation
The amount of wine that is “safe” and moderate depends on a person’s gender, age, size, and general health condition. Men absorb alcohol slower than women because they have a higher water content in their body and the greater amount of enzymes in their stomachs. As a result, moderate male wine consumers may take more than their female counterparts. Translated, this means that two drinks daily for men may just be moderate, but not for women, who require one drink per day.
Why should you drink red wine?
Red wine is rich in resveratrol, a compound manufactured by plants to fight fungi and bacteria and for ultraviolet irradiation. The substance is at its highest concentration in the grape skin and seeds. It is because of resveratrol that red wine has so many health benefits to offer.
Disease prevention is one important reason for drinking red wine, particularly to arrest the following illnesses:
Moderate consumption of wine boosts omega-3 fatty acid levels in the blood. Omega-3 prevents coronary heart disease prevention, according to the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.
Studies show that moderate wine drinkers seem to have better lung functioning and reduced risk of lung cancer among smokers. All that thanks to resveratrol.
Type 2 diabetes.
Resveratrol in red wine has been known to improve the body’s sensitivity to insulin. Insulin resistance contributes to the development of this kind of diabetes. Diabetes is an endocrine disorder that affects millions of people in the world.
Most alcoholic drinks increase the risk of this disease. However, red wine helps reduce estrogen and increase testosterone levels, which then lessens the chances of developing breast cancer.
Researchers have learned that moderate and regular drinking of red wine lowers the risk of prostate cancer by 6%.
A UK study has reported that regular and moderate red wine intake reduces the incidence of bowel tumors by 50%.
Believe it or not, drinking red wine can lessen the risk of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease. Studies reveal that wine drinkers have fewer chances of developing such liver disease compared to those who drink beer and spirits.
In studies done across several countries, researchers found that moderate red wine consumption lowers the risk of developing dementia. The red wine component makes blood platelets more fluid and open, thereby helping the body provide a good supply of blood to the brain.
Aside from disease prevention, red wine has been shown to help people by:
Reducing the likelihood of depression. Several studies have reported that people (mostly middle-aged and the elderly) who consume a moderate amount of red wine weekly were less likely to be diagnosed with depression. This was after already taking into consideration their lifestyle.
Slowing down aging. Monks living in Europe have always believed that wine prolongs life by slowing down the process of aging. Scientists are now embracing the same belief. According to them, the resveratrol component of red wine has anti-aging properties. It also has procyanidins that keep blood vessels healthy.
Red wine, when consumed in regularity and moderation, can do wonders to our health. Great caution should, however, be taken, as drinking too much can be habit-forming and therefore trigger other health conditions and chronic illnesses.