We have all heard that drinking alcohol is bad for us. But is red wine terrible for our health? Alcohol is dangerous for us especially when we drink in excess. Common sense right! However, they were exceptions when it came to red wine. In fact, most sources tell us that red wine has some beneficial health outcomes over the body.
- Decreases the risk of metabolic illnesses
Studies showed that red wine helps to increase the number of prebiotics found in your gut. Prebiotics assists in increasing the amount of ‘helpful bacteria’s’ in your gut which helps to suppress disease risk, more closely, the metabolic diseases such those associated with increased blood sugar, blood pressure, cholesterol and triglycerides levels. As you might have already guessed, we are talking about heart diseases, stroke and diabetics. Other studies even confirmed that there was a decrease in mortality rate among moderate wine drinkers when compared to non-drinkers. Essentially you increase your lifespan. Now isn’t that some fun facts!, I’ll drink to that!!
2. Helps you look Younger
There is no doubt about the abundant antioxidants in red wine. Antioxidants protect the body from oxidative stress, which protects against the disease of ageing. I am talking about wrinkles, and mind you Alzheimer’s and dementia diseases. Red wine contains similar antioxidants such as those found in cranberries, blueberries and nuts. Some academics have even gone an extra mile to name these antioxidants “the fountains of youth”. I am not saying go ahead and skull the whole bottle, but yes, enjoy your glass in moderation. Cheers!
- Enjoy the moment
Having just a single glass at an event isn’t such a bad idea. The alcohol in a single drink might be just what you need to slow down and take it easy and let your brain slow down a little from constant racing. That being said, you shouldn’t need alcohol for you to enjoy every moment. If you do, then you might be consuming more than recommended. Anything, just anything you take in excess can become harmful, hence why I suggest drinking in moderations.
Want to know more, I have attached some of the credible sources I read on the effect of drinking wine.
Gronbaek, M., Deis, A., Sorensen, T. I., Becker, U., Schnohr, P., & Jensen, G. (1995). Mortality associated with moderate intakes of wine, beer, or spirits. Bmj, 310(6988), 1165-1169.
Guohua Cao, Robert M. Russell, Neal Lischner, Ronald L. Prior; Serum Antioxidant Capacity Is Increased by Consumption of Strawberries, Spinach, Red Wine or Vitamin C in Elderly Women, The Journal of Nutrition, Volume 128, Issue 12, 1 December 1998, Pages 2383–2390, https://doi.org/10.1093/jn/128.12.2383
Kaur, C., & Kapoor, H. C. (2001). Antioxidants in fruits and vegetables–the millennium’s health. International journal of food science & technology, 36(7), 703-725.
Micallef, M., Lexis, L., & Lewandowski, P. (2007). Red wine consumption increases antioxidant status and decreases oxidative stress in the circulation of both young and old humans. Nutrition Journal, 6(1), 27.
Moreno-Indias, I., Sánchez-Alcoholado, L., Pérez-Martínez, P., Andrés-Lacueva, C., Cardona, F., Tinahones, F., & Queipo-Ortuño, M. (2016). Red wine polyphenols modulate fecal microbiota and reduce markers of the metabolic syndrome in obese patients. Food & Function, 7