Positive Sides of Wine Consumption

You are sure to have heard about a number of scientific studies and a still growing body of scientific research held in a number of countries, which claim that a moderate wine consumption can be healthy and even recommended in some cases. One or two glasses of red wine a day have been reported to be beneficial for one’s health. The followers of “Mediterranean diet”, which includes regular intake of red wine, tend to have lower rates of heart disease, even though the intake of saturated fats can be rather high.

However, all recommendations to consume moderate amounts of wine should be taken with much caution and must be limited only to individuals with good health.
Red wine is considered to have more health benefits than white wine, as it is fermented with grape skins longer, and contains more resveratrol, the compound found in the skin and seeds of wine grapes. Laboratory studies, as well as clinical and statistical evidence have shown that resveratrol and quercetin tend to protect against heart disease, boost the immune system, block cancer formation, and even prolong life.

One of the most studied benefits of red wine is that it is good for heart protection. The polyphenols found in red wines are believed to offer antioxidant protection, reduce blood clots, promote healthy cholesterol metabolism and relax blood vessels. The highest amount of polyphenolic compounds is contained in Cabernet Sauvignon, with Petit Syrah and Pinot Noir closely following it.

According to these studies, in order to get these benefits, men can drink one or two glasses of red wine per day, while for women one glass of wine is sufficient.
Tannins and flavoniods, substances unique to wines, are claimed to be responsible for the positive health effects of red wine drinking. Red wine consumption raises the levels of high-density lipoproteins (“good” cholesterol) in the blood, and decreases the low-density lipoproteins (“bad” cholesterol). “Good” cholesterol is known to lower the risk of arteriosclerosis and heart disease and help prevent heart strokes.

Moderate drinkers of red wine are less likely to suffer from high blood pressure and are 30 percent less likely to have a heart attack than abstainers. Red-wine tannins contain procyanidins, which lower the risk of heart disease. The greatest amount of procyanidins is contained in wines from Sardinia and southwest France.
Drinking red wine is thought to be good not only for your heart, but also for lungs, kidneys, brain and even longevity. Moderate wine drinkers are reported to have a 34 percent lower mortality rate than beer drinkers, for example.
Moderate consumption of red wine may be a preventative measure against some forms of cancer: for instance, breast cancer, prostate cancer, or colon cancer. Catechins (or flavanoids) contained in red wine are believed to function as anti-oxidants, preventing molecules from doing cellular damage. Moderate drinkers of red wine are less likely to get cataracts than those who don’t drink wine at all.

Red wine consumption is also claimed to be able to prevent Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s Disease, slow brain decline, and reduce the risk of developing type 2 diabetes.

Besides the health benefits described above, wine serves as a mild natural tranquilizer, which reduces tension and anxiety. Red wine has an amount of vitamins and minerals which aid digestion, restore nutritional balance, and give energy to your body. Moderate wine consumption can have a positive effect on your health; however, wine drinking can never be regarded as a panacea: it is important to lead a healthy life style and consult your doctor on a regular basis.