Wine, especially the red variety has been studied extensively over many years with impressive findings suggesting it may have many benefits for the health. In 400 BC Hippocrates, the father of medicine agreed that wine could soothe (gently calm) stomach ill, but while Red wine could benefit the health it can also be disastrous to the health.
5% of all cancer cases and 5% of cancer deaths worldwide are attributable to consumption of alcohol. Alcohol can also destroy the liver, in other to enjoy the benefits of Red wine we need to drink moderately.
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.
According to “Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2010”, published by the US Department of Agriculture, “If alcohol is consumed, it should be consumed in moderation – up to one drink per day for women and two drinks per day for men“.
The National Health Service, UK, writes “Men should not regularly drink more than 3-4 units of alcohol a day. Women should not regularly drink more than 2-3 units a day.” One unit equals 10ml or 8g of pure alcohol. A 250ml (large) glass of 12% red wine has about 3 units of alcohol. A 175ml (medium) glass has about two units.
Possible benefits of drinking wine (for moderate drinkers);
Prevents colon, prostrate and lungs cancer: Scientists from the University of Leicester, UK, reported at the 2nd International Scientific Conference on Resveratrol and Health that regular, moderate red wine consumption can reduce the rate of bowel tumors by approximately 50%.
Anti-aging: Researchers from Harvard Medical School reported that red wine has anti-aging properties because of resveratrol (type of natural phenol that are found gotten from the skin of grapes, blueberries, cranberries) found in red wine.
Preventing Damentia: A team from Loyola University Medical Center center found that moderate red wine intake can reduce the risk of developing dementia (broad category of brain diseases that cause a long term and often gradual decrease in the ability to think and remember).
On lungs: Improves lung function and prevent lung cancer.
Raises level of omega-3 fatty acid: A study, published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, examined 1,604 adults from London in England, Abruzzo in Italy, and Limburg in Belgium
They found that regular, moderate wine drinkers had higher blood levels of omega-3 fatty acids, which are usually derived from eating fish. We know that omega-3 fatty acids protect against coronary heart disease.
Prevents liver disease: A study carried out at the UC San Diego School of Medicine concluded that modest wine consumption reduced the risk of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease by half compared to people who never drank wine. Their finding challenged conventional thinking regarding alcohol consumption and liver health.
There are other benefits for drinking red wine moderately, why not give it a try.