13 Great Health Benefits of Drinking Wine

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By Hot Health August 21, 2016 20:45
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13 Great Health Benefits of Drinking Wine

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Wine has several health benefits, but only when consumed in moderation. In this article, we discuss everything you wanted to know about wine, not just the good, or the health benefits, but also the bad, or the negative effects of consuming more than you should.

Wine, especially red, has many benefits – it is believed to extend your lifespan, fight cancer, make you mentally sharper and prevent heart disease. The two popular types of wine are red and white wine. There’s a lot of confusion over the difference between the apart from the obvious fact that red wine is red and white wine is white.

Difference between red and white wine:

The main difference between is the presence of a component called tannins, which gives them their color. Red wine is red because it has a much higher concentration of tannins – which also gives it its distinct flavor and character.

There is a big difference in how they are made as well. White wine is made by fermenting only the juice from the grapes, while red wine is made by fermenting not just the juice from the grapes, but also the skin and the pieces of grapes. Since red wine has actual particles from grapes, and a higher concentration of tannins, it gets its distinct color, flavor and texture.

Red wine has higher alcohol content than white wine as well, that’s because it has a much higher sugar content than white wine. Red wine is prepared from grapes that are very ripe, which is why they have a higher sugar content, and a higher level of alcohol after the completion of the wine making process.

How much should you really consume? 

Wine is good for your health, but only as long as it is consumed in moderate quantity. How much wine you should drink depends on many factors such as your age, sex, body shape and size, and state of health.

Also, it is important that wine should be consumed along with food, and not on an empty stomach. Women should generally take less wine than men as they absorb alcohol faster than men as they have less body water content.

 One drink per day for women, and two drinks per day for men is considered ideal, according to the US Department of Agriculture’s “Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2010.”

The Health Benefits (When Consumed in Moderation)

health benefits of wine

#1: It helps you live longer – Did you know that people in the Mediterranean live longer and are generally healthier than, say, people in the US or Britain? It’s largely because of their climate, relaxed and laid back lifestyle, healthy food habits and yes, wine. You will find many couples in the Greek Islands of Crete and Sardinia living well into their 80s and 90s. Their secret – a glass or two of red wine, consumed every evening. As stated, it has a high concentration of tannins, which are supposed to be good for the heart’s health. It also has a compound called Resveratrol, which protects the body from diseases that cause aging.


#2: It makes you sharper – As said earlier, wine contains Resveratrol, which is a miraculous compound that improves the memory, makes you sharper and does wonders for your mental acuity, even at an advanced age. It is also believed to improve learning ability.


#3: It fights acne – Not many people know that having wine may prevent the breakout of acne, as Resveratrol inhibits the growth of P.acnes, the bacteria that causes acne.


#4: It lowers cholesterol – According to the American Heart Association, moderate consumption of wine increases “good cholesterol” or HDL by 12% and lowers “bad cholesterol” or LDL. That’s because wine contains Resveratrol, which prevents the buildup of plaque, which clogs the arteries.


#5: A possible cure for depression – According to researchers in Spain, people who have two to seven glasses of wine a week are less prone to depression than those who don’t. Certainly, there is no conclusive evidence for this, as lifestyle factors play a big role as well, but it’s quite possible drinking wine in moderation can clear the blues and leave you feeling more happier.


#6: It fights liver disease (but only when drunk in moderation – this is important!) – Moderate wine consumption reduces the risk of Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease (NAFLD) by 50 percent. This is something not many know about. Of course, alcoholism is the leading cause of liver disease.


#7: It’s good for your eyes – Resveratrol is one of the medications used in the treatment of diabetic retinopathy and age-related macular degeneration. Drinking wine in moderate quantities prevents the growth of out-of-control blood vessels in the eyes, which is the biggest cause of progressive vision loss in men and women.


#8: It’s good for your dental health and hygiene –  In moderation, red wine reduces the presence of bacteria on the teeth. It acts against the oral plaque-causing bacteria and prevents the degradation of the teeth.


#9: It is known to fight cancer – In moderation, it is known to lower the risk of breast cancer, colon cancer and prostate cancer. Resveratrol is believed to kill cancerous cells by obstructing the pathway that feeds them. According to the Harvard Men’s Health Watch, men who drink 4 to 7 glasses of red wine each week have a 52% less chance of being diagnosed with prostate cancer.


#10: It prevents common cold and other infections – According to researchers in Spain, those who drink red wine in moderate quantities on a regular basis are less likely to be affected by cold and other infectious diseases. That’s because red wine is a powerful anti-oxidant.


#11: Lowers the risk of stroke – Wine is believed to lower the risk of ischemic stroke when drunk in moderate quantities. However, other hard alcoholic drinks such as beer are among the leading causes of stroke in both men and women. 


#12: Regulates blood sugar level – Red wine in particular is rich in plant-based compounds called polyphenols, which are well known in medical circles for their ability to regular blood sugar levels.


#13: Reduces the risk of diabetes – Drinking red wine regularly in moderate quantities is believed to lower the risk of type 2 diabetes by 30%. This is because of the presence of resveratrol, which lowers the body’s insulin resistance.


What are the Negative Effects of Having Too Much Wine

While wine has many wonderful health benefits, that’s only when it is taken in moderation. Drinking more wine than you should can lead to several health problems. We list some of the major health issues caused by overdosing on wine here.

  1. Irregular sleeping habits – When you drink more wine than you should on a regular basis, you will suffer from restlessness and lack of sleep at night. Your sleeping patterns will be irregular and you will find it hard to get good, restful sleep.
  2. Sudden weight gain – As said earlier, wine has a rich sugar content, which means it is very high in calories. Just two glasses of wine have 200 calories – which is okay. But drinking more than that, can add up to 2,000 calories on a weekly basis, which can lead to sudden weight gain and even obesity.
  3. Risk of heart disease – When you drink wine in moderate quantities, it is good for the heart as it prevents the build-up of plaque in the arteries. However, when you take more wine than you should over an extended period of time, it puts you at the risk of heart disease. It leads to a rise in blood pressure and could possibly result in heart attack or stroke.
  4. Lowers testosterone levels – Excessive consumption of wine lowers testosterone levels, which affects male fertility and causes erectile dysfunction.
  5. Causes acute pancreatitis – Excessive consumption of wine causes acute pancreatitis, which is an inflammatory condition of the pancreas. The symptoms of pancreatitis can be excruciatingly painful and even deadly.
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