Let me start by saying, drinking red wine does have its health benefits, but too much of a good thing can backfire on those benefits. According to Dietary Guidelines for Americans, moderate drinking is one glass of wine per day for women, and two glasses for men.
Many studies have been done on the beneficial effects of red wine on the body which includes drinking in moderation.
List of Health Benefits of Red Wine from different studies:
- Reduces risk of depression: A seven year study on men and women, ages ranging from 55 to 80 was done from several universities in Spain and reported in the journal BMC Medicine. The conclusion was found that those who drank two to seven glasses of wine per week were less likely to be diagnosed with depression.
- Prevents colon cancer: Scientists from the University of Leicester, UK reported at a conference on Resveratrol and Health that regular moderate red wine consumption can reduce the rate of bowel tumors by approximately 50%.
- Anti-Aging: Researchers at Harvard Medical School reported that the compound Resveratrol found in red wine has anti-aging effects. Blueberries, cranberries and nuts are also sources of this compound. Resveratrol improves the health of mice on a high-fat diet and increases life span, according to David Sinclair, the head investigator. Also, procyanidins, another compound found in red wine, keep the blood vessels healthy and are one of the factors that contribute towards longer life spans by people in Sardinia and the southwest of France.
- Prevents Breast Cancer: In the Journal of Women’s Health, the scientists explained that chemicals in the skins and seeds of red grapes reduce estrogen levels while raising testosterone in premenopausal women, which results in a lower risk of developing breast cancer.
- Prevents dementia: A team from Loyola University Medical Center studies 19 nations, which showed a statistically significantly lower risk of dementia among regular, moderate red wine drinkers in 14 countries. Resveratrol reduces the stickiness of blood platelets, which helps keep the blood vessels open and flexible. This helps maintain a good blood supply to the brain. Professor Neafsey, lead investigator of this study wrote, “moderate red wine drinkers had a 23% lower risk of developing dementia” compared to people who rarely or never consumed the alcoholic beverage.
- Protects from severe sunburn. Flavinoids found in wine and grapes inhibit the formation of reactive oxygen species in skin cells that are linked to skin diseases from UV rays.
- Prevents blinding diseases. Red wine can stop the out-of-control blood vessel growth in the eye which causes diabetic retinopathy and age-related macular degeneration.
- Protects the brain from stroke damage. Resveratrol raises levels of heme oxygenase, an enzyme known to protect nerve cells in the brain from damage. When somebody suffers a stroke, the brain is ready to protect itself because of high enzyme levels.
- Resveratrol in White wine was good for lung function.
- Raises levels of omega-3 fatty acids in plasma and red blood cells. Omega-3 fatty acids protect against coronary heart disease.
- Prevents liver disease. Wine consumption reduced the risk of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease by half compared to people who never drank wine.
- Protects from prostate cancer. Male moderate red wine drinkers (4 to 7 glasses per week) were 52% as likely to be diagnosed with prostate cancer as men who never drank red wine.
Here’s to your Health! Cheers!!
Kim Lowrey, Certified Colon Hydrotherapist
Colon Hydrotherapy Center, Fayetteville, AR