Can drinking wine really make any difference in one’s health? The good news (or should we say very good news) is that drinking wine is very beneficial to man’s health. However, the head of Public Health England noted that enjoying a glass of wine after work does the same harm as drinking three shots of vodka. According to Medical News today, “Moderate” wine consumption is said to be good for the health and drinking more than one’s capacity could be detrimental to the body organs.
We have highlighted the benefits you can derive from drinking wine this period.
- Promotion of Longevity: Do you know that as you drink wine, you have 34% lower mortality rate than the beer drinkers? This was actually revealed by a Finnish study and the results were published in the Journals of Gerontology in 2007.
- It Reduces the Risk of Heart Attack: Moderate drinkers of wine that suffer from high blood pressure have a 30% less chance of developing heart attack than non-drinkers. But the researchers, from Harvard Medical School, and a number of research centres across Italy, stressed the findings only apply to patients who were already drinking wine on a regular basis. They also warned against heart attack victims taking up the habit just to try and prevent future problems.
- It Reduces the Risk of Certain Cancers: Drinking wine can help in reducing the risk of having certain cancers such as breast cancer, bowel cancers or colon cancer. Scientists from the University of Leicester, UK, reported at the 2nd International Scientific Conference on Resveratrol and Health that regular, moderate red wine consumption can reduce the rate of bowel tumours by approximately 50%.
- It Helps Fight Cold: Are you scared of getting flu or cold this rainy season? Lots of evidence has shown that drinking wine moderately helps to boost the immune system. This goes a long way in making 40% less likely to suffer from cold.
- It Protects Ones Sight: Moderate drinking of wine helps in protecting the eyes against the loss of sight. This is because wine stops the abnormal growth of new blood vessels in the eyes. Furthermore, as reported by researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis in the American Journal of Pathology, Red wine can stop the out-of-control blood vessel growth in the eye that causes blindness.
While drinking wine may appear good for your health, drinking too much can lead to higher risk of:
- mental health problems
- fatty liver
- alcoholic hepatitis
- several cancers
And other chronic diseases.
As the common saying goes: “Too much of everything is bad”. It should be noted that these health benefits will only manifest when little to moderate quantity of wine is consumed. So, go ahead and enjoy your week with some glass of wine. Drinking about one to two four-ounce glasses per day is considered as being moderate.