Most people have heard that having a glass of wine each day is good for the heart. Yet everyone has also heard that too much alcohol is bad for the health. So the question remains, how much wine is too much? Can wine be the fountain of youth that researchers are claiming or is it just a myth that is leading to alcohol abuse? Read on to find out more about wine and its health benefits.
Current research into the wine debate does support the fact that moderate intake of wine can promote a healthy heart. It is recommended that red wine be consumed, as the seeds of red grapes are filled with antioxidants that can improve cardiovascular health. This is important in reducing heart attack, stroke, and blood pressure. These antioxidants, also known as flavonoids, help the heart in three ways:
- Lowering “bad” cholesterol
- Boosting good cholesterol
- Reducing blood clotting
Researches claim that moderate red wine consumption can also help prevent some forms of skin cancers and neurological diseases. Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s is just a couple of illnesses that can be put off or prevented by consuming red wine daily. Wine can also improve focus and concentration with regular consumption, as well as promote faster healing from illnesses. Plus, you can go with your favorite brand of wine, though dryer red wines tend to contain higher levels of flavonoids.
Still, people want to know how much wine is recommended daily. Most researchers agree that a four-ounce glass of wine is a good amount for women, and two servings for men. They do caution that people who do not currently drink alcohol begin to do so. This may lead to unnecessary addiction and health issues down the road. Instead, those accustomed to wines and certain forms of alcohol should limit their intake to the recommended one or two servings. Long story short: do not start drinking wine if you are not currently a drinker!
Though there are several health benefits to incorporating a glass of wine into the diet daily, it is important that one is free from illness and disease before starting the regimen. People with medical and social conditions are at increased risk for addiction or complications related to alcohol. People at risk include people with heart conditions, diabetes, and the obese. Even people at risk for these conditions should check with their physician before consuming any alcohol at all.
Non alcoholic red wine contains the same amount of antioxidants as its alcoholic counterpart. However, studies have found that non alcoholic wine does not have the cholesterol lowering ability that alcoholic wine possesses. The same goes for grape juice itself. Though there are antioxidants and quality nutrients found in grape juice, researches have not found it to be any more effective at lowering the bad cholesterol in the body.
There are many benefits to gain from drinking wine, just do so in moderation and preferably under the supervision of a physician.