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