It seems absurd to think that red wine could actually be good for the body. It goes against everything that we’re taught to believe about alcohol. It’s a confusing, murky revelation. Where are the tests and the scientific findings to back this idea up? If it is true why we aren’t all guzzling red wine like our lives literally do depend on it?
According to the health editor of Fox News, all of the rumours are absolutely true. Dr Manny Alvarez claims that the antioxidants in red wine are not only good for the heart, but that they reduce bad cholesterol, protect the blood vessels and lower the risk of inflammation and clotting. Red wine is also thought to have an effect on the genes that cause obesity and diabetes. If you didn’t think red wine was a magical substance before, you will now.
There have been years of research into the seemingly magical effects of resveratrol – the chemical found in red grapes. Time and time again, studies have shown consumption of this chemical to be entirely consistent with health benefits as diverse and outstanding as increased hearing, stronger tooth enamel and a lower risk of developing cancer. Resveratrol truly is one of nature’s wonder drugs. So, why aren’t we tipping back the glasses like wine is due to go out of fashion? Why isn’t daily consumption of resveratrol written on the back of every doctor’s prescription?
Well, because red wine is still alcohol no matter how much of this wonder chemical it may contain. This is one of the hardest things to understand about these studies. The notion that something can be so beneficial, yet so harmful at the same time is a strange and confusing message for most. Fruit is good for you – the more fruit you eat, the more you and your body benefit. The same goes for vitamin pills, water, vegetables, milk and proteins like chicken and fish. If something is good for you, it makes sense to think that if you consume a lot of it, you’ll be much healthier.
It is vital that people realize that this doesn’t apply to red wine. Doctors have struggled for some time now to adequately explain to patients just how they can benefit from the effects of resveratrol, without falling prey to the negative effects of over drinking. It is a fine line and it is very important that you stay on the right side of it, but it doesn’t have to be hard work.
Moderate alcohol consumption – that’s one drink per day for women and two for men, is shown to reduce the risk of heart disease, stroke and diabetes, say the experts at Health magazine. Red wine is credited with increasing good HDL cholesterol levels and decreasing the presence of harmful cholesterols. However, these findings are based on fairly strict consumption levels. They are the result of studies in which people were allowed to drink no more than ten ounces of red wine. In fact, men are advised to drink no more than ten ounces, whilst women are only advised to drink five per day. New York’s doctor Samantha Lynch helpfully points out that ‘No, you can’t save them all up and have them in one night either.’
As with everything, moderation is key. There are a lot of very bad conditions and diseases associated with alcoholism and over consumption of red wine in particular, so it’s vital that you toe the wine when it comes to regular drinking. The bottom line is – wine can be great for the body, but only as a special treat. It can’t be that hard to stick to just one glass days now, can it? Not if it tastes great and it’s actively prolonging your life whilst doing so. Respect what it is you’re filling your body with and it will respect you.