Enjoying the Greatest Health Benefits of Wine Yet?


What...

You need hard evidence of the health benefits of wine to make yourself feel better?

About the copious amounts of savory wine you regularly make, consume or search for to buy? It's not enough to relax and enjoy a tasty glass of wine?

Hehe... I can relate! 

But don't expect me to jump at the first "study" that comes along. Oh no. I've put my hard hat on here. After all, I'm not getting any younger and I'm curious about the health and wine thing too.

Do you know where the longest living people in our galaxy live?

On the island of Okinawa, Japan. Not exactly grape country. Yet, there are a couple of wine drinking/producing countries that aren't far behind!


Is a Glass of Wine a Day Good for You?


Long story short. Yes, one glass of wine per day is good for you.

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Here are two reputable sources to show that wine (and the alcohol in it), has benefits:

- Mayo Clinic

- Linus Pauling Institute

There are hundreds of studies done on the health benefits of wine. Alcohol too.

The trouble with the studies, is that you don't see the complete picture of the client's lives.

Their:

  • genetics
  • lifestyle choices
  • stress levels
  • chosen style of wine and what else is in the drink that may skew the results
  • what they breathe, eat, drink and how much etc

But, the consensus about drinking wine in moderation being good for you is positive. 


Is It Healthy To Drink Wine?

Yup! 

But only in moderation...

Which means no more than two 5oz. glasses of wine for men, and no more than one 5oz. glass of wine for women per day.


Infographic showing a man and a woman drinking in moderation.Hardly seems fair! A man's body can process alcohol more efficiently..

As long as the calories in wine you're drinking are not too crazy, wine is a healthy drink!

It's well documented that wine can help to prevent Coronary Heart Disease. Also, the alcohol and compounds in wine reduces the risk of getting blood clots and helps to maintain a healthier blood pressure level.

Wine (especially red) also contains phenolic compounds like resveratrol, and flavonoids like procyanidins. These compounds boost the coordination of individual cells to work together more efficiently.

But to get away from the studies and scholarly papers... my wife has been a nurse for over 30 years. And she has cared for many elderly patients (90+ yrs.) that have had one glass of wine (usually for dinner or late evening) per day during most of their lifetime. For most of us, 90+ years is about all we can expect from our lives. 

Trouble is, many alcoholics have passed through the doors of her hospital too. Alcohol of any kind can be a double-edged sword if you let it get out of your control, so always be on your guard. I like to set some limits on when and how much I drink.

You should too.


What Are the Benefits of Drinking Wine?

Did you know that there have been studies done on wine where the alcohol was removed?

What they found was that the wine lowered blood pressure in clients due to the presence of polyphenols.


Infographic showing the health benefits of wine text overlay on a cardiac reading.


However, many other health benefits of wine are directly related to the alcohol in it. I'll stress again though, that these benefits are realized only if you drink in moderation.

Benefits:

  • it's good for your cardiovascular health (heart)
  • reduces the chance of taking an ischemic stroke
  • may reduce the chance of you getting type 2 diabetes
  • reduces bad cholesterol (LDL)
  • lower risk of bone loss (bone mineral density) and possible hip fracture over time
  • may reduce the chance of getting gallstones
  • may reduce or slow down dementia and alzheimer's
  • getting buzzed! Well, you knew that was a benefit right? :)

 

You Won't Believe This List of "Implied" Red Wine Benefits!

Honestly I think I could write a book on the health benefits of wine.

So I had to put this list of "goodies" into my red wine benefits page. There was just too much to talk about... like the "blue zones", or eating grapes versus drinking wine!

By the way, have you heard about the "French Paradox"?

The french paradox phrase was coined when it was noticed in France that they eat a very high amount of saturated fats. They consume so many beautiful cheeses, pastries and dairy products. But the weird thing is, they have a low incidence of heart disease.

Is it the wine they're drinking that helps?

Check out how many red wine calories there aren't in a bottle of wine. That's right... aren't!


The Health Benefits of Wine Depend on Antioxidants!

There are a lot of good things to be said about antioxidants.

They have been in the forefront of health news now for more than a decade. Many researchers have isolated certain food groups that contain high amounts of antioxidants.

The red wine antioxidant (resveratrol) comes directly from the skins of red or black grapes. It's also found to some degree in the seeds and pomace.

Image of wine grapes in a bowl signifying that grapes and wine have antioxidants in them.

Resveratrol is the main reason for the health benefits of wine other than the alcohol. It's also found in white wine, but at much lower levels. That's because white wines are not soaked on the skins (macerated) like red wines are.

It's a polyphenol found in grapes and other foods like:

  • dark berries
  • dark chocolate
  • peanuts etc

Polyphenols are compounds found in plants that mother nature designed to assist the plant in many ways. The fact that they can assist us too is pretty cool.

Some people take resveratrol in a supplement form, to get a high enough dose to activate it's anti-aging properties. Here is one doctor's viewpoint (June 2018) on the resveratrol supplement health benefit and possible side effects. 


With All this Good News About Wine's Health Benefits, What's Not to Like?

Well, something quite important actually.

Especially if you're a woman...

Drinking wine and other alcohols interferes with your metabolism of folate, which is needed for DNA repair. Along with the interruption of this process comes mutated gene expression. This in turn, increases your chances of getting cancer, especially breast cancer. 

What can you do if you're a woman who still wants her wine?

According to the Linus Pauling Institute (see link above), you'll need to replenish your internal stock of folates by taking a multivitamin with at least 400 µg (micrograms or mcg) of folic acid. Folic acid is another name for vitamin B9.

Consult with your doctor for expert advice. 


East Asian and Indigenous Peoples of North America Beware!

The other group of people who don't really reap the benefits of wine, or any alcohol in the same way as most of us do are:

  • indigenous people of North America and elsewhere
  • some people of East Asian descent

When they drink alcohol, they can experience "face flushing and heat" in the face, neck and sometimes the whole body. Other symptoms include:

  • heart palpitations 
  • headaches
  • nausea
  • dizziness

The reason is that they're missing the specific enzymes that help break down the alcohol in their liver.


Red Wine and Breast Cancer

What about the health benefits of wine and breast cancer?


Silhouette of a naked woman with an overlay of text questioning breast cancer.


In all honesty I can't sit here and tell you that there is a link between red wine and breast cancer. There are some studies showing that the compounds in red wine helped mice keep cancer at bay. And there are plenty of studies that show any alcohol increases the risk for breast cancer and other cancers.

We are not mice. Data retrieved from using mice and other animals just doesn't replicate over to humans like so many believe.

There are women who have had breast cancer and it came back. Some of these same women drank red wine, some drank other types of alcohol, while some refrained from drinking completely.

Everyone is different. I metabolize food and drink differently than you do. I have a completely different gene pool that may or may not leave me more susceptible to certain diseases than you. Maybe I eat horribly.

It's never black and white. What you:

  • eat and drink (especially all of the chemicals in it)
  • the products you put on your body (more chemicals)
  • exercise that you get
  • your genes
  • and luck each have a part to play


The Great News About Wine!

Okay I have great news! The next four places where people live the longest in the world after Okinawa, Japan are:

  • Sardinia, Italy ✔
  • Loma Linda, California
  • Nicoya Peninsula, Costa Rica
  • Icaria, Greece ✔


Infographic showing Sardinia, Italy and Icaria, Greece as some of the longest-living people in the world.


Ahaa, health benefits of wine DO exist. Each of these places where people live abnormally long are steeped in wine! Okay so maybe just Italy and Greece...

Two out of five isn't bad though!

Enjoy.


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