Doesn't it seem that the
things you most love to eat and drink sooner or later turn out to be bad for
you? Wine is an exception. In fact, independent studies conducted around the
world over the last thirty years suggest that consuming moderate amounts of wine
(one to three glasses per day), has been found to be beneficial to one's
health. Here's why:
wine drinking lowers the risk of coronary heart disease.
Prevents arterial clotting.
Wine, especially red wine, contains phenolics found in tannin, in the
pigment of dark-skinned grapes and in certain flavor compounds called
flavonoids, which have been found to posses antioxidant properties that may
help prevent clotting of the arteries and other internal blood clots (such
as those that cause stokes). Wine's ability to inhibit the clotting
activity of platelets, a condition known as thrombosis, substantially
reduces the risk of heart attack.
levels. Fatty food is the main culprit of heart disease. Studies have shown
that drinking wine with your meal can counter the adverse effects of fat in
your bloodstream. Both the alcohol and phenolics found in wine alter blood
lipid (fat) levels by lowering your overall cholesterol and by raising the
level of HDL, the so-called good cholesterol in your blood.
Lowers blood preasure and
reduces the risk of stroke. High blood pressure contributes to coronary
heart disease and mortality. A recent Harvard study claims that the lowest
blood pressure levels were found in people who consumed 1-3 glasses of wine
per day, even factoring in such things as smoking, a family history of
hypertension, adjustments for pulse rate, medication use, etc. Just as
moderate wine drinking benefits the heart by helping to prevent the
formation of arterial plaque (which can clog arteries and blood clotting.
Those who drink white or red wine enjoy dramatically reduced risk of the
most common type of stroke.
A study of wine health benefits
conducted for 12 years in Copenhagen found a 49 percent reduction in
mortality among the participants who drank
3-5 glasses of wine a day. These benefits were derived from the
flavonoids' antioxidant properties that significally prevented disease of
the heart as well as some forms of cancer.
There are compounds in our body called free radicals, which are highly
reactive forms of molecules that can weaken the cell walls, thus allowing
those cell to oxidize. When cell are oxidized, they die or are subject to
mutation, which can mean cancer. Phenolics, found mostly in red wine, block
these free radicals thus preventing harmful oxidation. Antioxidants have
been proven to decrease the incidence of many forms of cancer.
and bacterial diseases
Wine can protect you from bacterial diseases caused by ingesting tainted
shellfish, contaminated water and spoiled meat or poultry. The three
bacteria studied were E.coli, salmonella and shingella. Wine kills these
bacteria. A test was conducted using pure alcohol, tequila and bismuth
salicytate (active ingredient of Pepto Bismol) to see what effect each has
on 10 million colony forming units of shingella, salmonella and E.coli. Wine
was most effective in destroying these bacteria, with Pepto Bismol as second
best, alcohol and tequila as third.
and other illnesses
Wine was found to lower the risk of bone and joint disease, the
likelihood of diabetes and gallstone disease. Lastly, wine helps calm the
nerves and helps one to unwind and relax. It soothes those tired brain cells
at the end of a hard day's work.