Bottoms Up: Health Benefits of Red Wine

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Published on December 24th, 2012

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While too much alcohol can harm your body, recent research suggests that one or  two glasses of wine a day may actually help your health.  Although no beverage can supplement the perks of daily exercise and a  well-balanced diet, moderate consumption of wine could be beneficial.

French paradox The “French paradox” is  the observation that the French experience low levels of coronary heart disease  despite a high-saturated fat diet. Many nutritionists have speculated that the  consumption of red wine as a prominent component to French culinary culture may  explain this apparent paradox.

Physician Julie B. Damp reported, “There are multiple observational studies  suggesting moderate consumption of alcohol is associated with decreased  incidence of cardiovascular disease, including lower risk of heart attacks.”  Moderate means one 5-ounce glass for women per day and one to two 5-ounce  glasses for men per day.

Other alcohol Other sources of alcohol share some of the  positive effects of red wine. According to registered dietician Amanda Bontempo,  all sources of alcohol can increase the cardio-protective blood marker,  HDL-cholesterol.

Furthermore, registered dietician Alison Massey suggested that the ethanol  may be responsible for the benefits to counter atherosclerosis,  — a condition characterized by a thickening of the artery wall.

Resveratrol Resveratrol is found in red grape skins and  appears to be the source of red wine’s health benefits. It may prevent fat  accumulation and reduce insulin resistance, which lowers the risk of  diabetes.

Resveratrol also prevents blood clotting and plaque formation in arteries  while improving vascular function. Bontempo explained, “The bio-active chemicals  found only in red wine are flavanoids, polyphenols and specifically resveratrol  which act as anti-inflammatories and antioxidants to prevent harmful cellular  damage.”

Anti-cancer activity But that’s not all resveratrol has  done. Studies have shown this molecule can reduce tumor incidence by targeting  different stages in cancer development.

“It may prove anti-carcinogenic by inhibiting certain enzymes, promoting  cancer cell death, and preventing the development of blood vessels needed to  feed a tumor,” Bontempo said. Interestingly, grapes grown in cool climates have  higher concentrations of resveratrol.

Reservations Keep in mind that you can get the same  health benefits elsewhere. Flavonoids, for instance, are found in other foods  (fruits and vegetables), cocoa and some juices. Grapes and red grape juice also  have many of the same components as red wine.

People with high triglyceride levels — which is associated with heart  disease and diabetes — should limit alcohol consumption because this can raise  those levels even higher.

Wine also contains empty calories, which can lead to weight gain.

“Drinking greater amounts of alcohol is associated with negative health  effects such as increased cancer risk, liver disease, high  blood pressure, heart failure and addiction,” Damp said.

Damp suggested that some of the associated benefits of alcohol consumption  may be, in part, related to healthy lifestyle choices — such as nutritious  diets and physically active schedules — on the part of moderate consumers. One  should never overlook physical activity and maintaining a healthy weight when  trying to improve overall health.

 

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Work Cited:

Article from Fox News, “The Health Benefits of Drinking Red Wine”

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