A Glass of Red Wine a Day Keeps the Doctor Away?

Most know that consumption of alcohol results in adverse health. Alcohol has been linked with depression, anxiety, violent behavior, suicide, accidents, domestic violence, and damage to the brain and liver. Heavy drinking can cause cardiomyopathy, which is the stretching and drooping of the heart muscle, but can a glass of red wine be beneficial for the body?

When consumed in small amounts, red wine can be considered a super food, with antioxidants that heal the cells in the body.  One study, which was published in the International Journal of Molecule Medicine, found that moderate consumption of red wine decreased cardiac mortality due to atherosclerosis. Red wine contains resveratrol, which protects the heart cells from tissue damage, inhibits platelet buildup, and decreases triglyceride and cholesterol accumulation. HDL's, the good cholesterol, can be risen from 11% to 16%. Resveratrol also has the ability to fight free radical damage. It has the ability to block tumor growth and can help in the down regulation of the body’s inflammatory responses. 

The ingredients in red wine, quercetin, procyanidins and resveratrol provide many benefits. Some benefits include the management of heart disease, infections, arthritis, allergies, cholesterol, skin disorders, cancer, diabetes, and gout. They also boost immune function, fight oxidative stress, promote circulation, protects cognitive health, and prevents premature aging. 

It’s important to be aware of your consumption. You should not have more than 5 glasses of wine in a week, and not more than two glasses in one day. Buying cheap, fortified wines do not have the same nutritional value, so skip the Franzia aisle! The sulphites that are used as disinfectants in alcohol can lead to digestive issues and cause reactions like abdominal pain and diarrhea. Studies have shown that light drinkers have lower coronary heart disease risk compared to those who abstain from alcohol. So when reaching for that glass of wine, opt for a dark red, drink it slow, and have water on the side!