It’s December – Time for weddings, Christmas celebrations and a big New Year party. Booze will be all around you. Which is your favorite one – is it the red wine?
The red wine reminds me of an incident that happened in a party few years back. While I was sitting and enjoying the music and my Queens Punch, one of my friends approached with a glass of red wine. When I refused to have it, he started talking about the health benefits of wine consumption. I was shocked to hear that. Alcohol and health benefits – is it really possible? So I thought to get into the detail study.
It is true and even the research reveals that red wine is good for your heart but the problem is that most of the people are unaware of the limits of consumption. This can be damaging for your health. So what are the limits?
What are the limits of red wine consumption?
No doubt, wine has alcohol and too much of it can be addictive. So how much wine you should drink so that its benefits are not converted into dangers. The wine benefits fall in place only if you are aware of the balanced amount which is not more than two drinks for men and one for women per day. More than this can lead to health problems. The other factors that need to be taken care of before setting the limits are age and the general health condition of a person.
So don’t take things on face value and keep yourself well informed about the pros and cons.
Is red wine really beneficial?
People started worshiping red wine after the so-called “French Paradox.” What is French Paradox? The concept came into existence when the researchers revealed that despite the consumption of high amount of cholesterol and saturated fats, French people were healthier than other food-obsessed people. To find out the reason, the dietary habits of people of France were studied. The studies revealed that the consumption of red wine by them protected them from the damaging effects of saturated fats. Red wine contains elements like ‘quercetin’ and ‘resveratrol’, present in purple grapes from which it is prepared. These elements known as polyphenols, lowers cholesterol levels and maintains blood pressure. It also prevents cancer.
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On the other hand, some recent studies show if saturated fats and cholesterol are consumed in reasonable amounts they don’t lead to heart problems. And the vital reason that French folks are healthy is due to the fact that they live a healthy lifestyle and consume more healthy foods.
So, does red wine really rule?
Possible health benefits of drinking red wine
Red wine is associated with many health benefits, most of which are accredited to its powerful antioxidants.
- Reduces the risk of depression – According to the researchers, people who drink around five glasses of red wine in a week are less likely to go into depression.
- A balanced consumption reduces the risk of bowel tumors.
- ‘Piceatannol’ present in the grapes from which wine is made, blocks the growth of fat cells in the body thus preventing weight gain.
- The damaged cells in the body which leads to various types of cancer are destroyed by ‘resveratrol’.
- The red wine contains anti-aging compounds which keeps the blood vessels healthy.
- The moderate amount of red wine consumption prevents dementia. ‘Resveratrol’ keep the blood vessels open thus maintain the proper supply of blood to brain.
- The wine contains flavonoids which prevents the skin from harmful UV rays.
- Anything that is rich in resveratrol protects vision. So does the red wine. It prevents the growth of blood vessels that cause blindness.
- Prevents many liver diseases.
- Prevents type 2 diabetes.
It is quite clear that if red wine is consumed in a proper quantity it can be good for your health. But at the same time there are certain negative aspects which you need to consider.
Negative aspects of Drinking too much
Too much consumption of alcohol can be devastating for your health.
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- Leads to alcoholism.
- Too much alcohol increases the risk of liver diseases.
- While moderate consumption reduces the risk of depression, heavy drinkers face the risk of going into depression.
- Hinder muscle healing.
- High amounts of alcohol can lead to premature death.
If you are a non-drinker
No one is recommending you to drink red wine. If you don’t drink, you don’t need to start it just to keep diseases at bay. Though it has many health benefits, but none of them is valuable enough to encourage alcohol consumption.
There are other sufficient ways to improve your health. You can look for supplements. ‘Quercetin’ is found in apples and many citrus fruits and ‘resveratrol’ is also found in peanuts, pistachios, grapes, blueberries and cranberries.
If you drink then stick to a limit! As long as you drink in limit, it will do you good.
So don’t feel guilty the next time when you order a bottle of Merlot or a Pinot Noir!