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Health Benefits of Drinking Wine
As we are aware that wine is considered good for health and can help to prevent various diseases and ailments. Research studies have revealed that wine consumption in a moderate amount and when done on a regular basis can help prevent health issues like degradation of bones and heart attacks, keep away colon cancer, prevent Type 2 diabetes, protect your liver from damage, let your brain live longer, keep your eyes healthy, lower risks of stroke and many more. Let us see a few of these in brief and understand how wine drinking can be beneficial to various organs of the body.
With age and other factors, the bones in our body tend to get thin and this happens due to loss of calcium in the body. This condition is often seen in women. The density of the bones starts to reduce, causing diseases like osteoporosis and rheumatoid arthritis. As per studies, consumption of moderate quantities of wine shows considerable lesser bone degradation and less loss in bone density; hence, preventing the disease. With regards to bones, wine drinkers are more likely to be extra-active and healthier than the non-drinkers.
The blood pressure patients and people who have a history of heart diseases in their family are generally prone to heart attacks and heart failures. Studies have shown that people who consume moderate quantities of wine daily are 30% less prone to the heart attack than the non-drinkers. The tannins in wine are known to contain procyanidins which are responsible for saving us from heart diseases. Wine increases the omega 3 fatty acids in the body which fight again inflammation in the body.
A chronic disease known as fatty liver disease affects many people. Certain studies have discovered that one glass of wine a day can actually prevent this disease and keep your liver safe.
The functions of the brain start to decline with age. People face memory loss and other disorders of the brain which can be harmful in old age. People who drink wine have shown fewer declines in the brain functions and lower loss of memory. The alcohol in the wine is known to help produce good cholesterol in the blood which helps in preventing the blood platelets in the brain from sticking to one another. Wine also helps in releasing the chemical known as acetylcholine in the brain which affects the functioning of the brain and helps reduce memory loss. These effects are not seen in the non-drinkers of wine.
Drinking moderate quantities of wine have shown good results on the stomach and the digestive system. Any kind of stomach irritations have known to be resolved with drinking a small quantity of wine daily. Diarrhea can also be prevented and cured by wine. Stomach ulcers and gastritis are prevented with wine; and this indirectly reduces risks of causing stomach cancer. The possibility of occurrence of gall stones is reduced by drinking wine regularly. Wine reduces the cholesterol levels and hence formation of gall stones is drastically reduced.
With age the muscles of the eyes tend to degrade. Wine contains antioxidants and is also an anticoagulant agent which helps in reducing the degradation of the muscles of the eyes. This improves vision and keeps it so even you age. Formation of cataract has also shown as less in people who drink wine than in those who do not.
Now let us see the various diseases wine drinking can prevent
Many studies, done on diabetes and how it can be prevented, showed that a moderate quantity of wine if consumed on a regular basis can reduce the possibility of getting type-2 diabetes. Wine consumption increases the bloods affinity to the insulin hormone, keeping the blood sugar under controlled levels.
The veins which carry blood in the body tend to get clotted in places where the cholesterol sticks to the inner walls of the veins. The clot can be a small or big one and hence hinders the smooth flow of blood. If a clot like this occurs in the brain or anywhere in the nervous system, it can result into a stroke. A stroke is highly dangerous and can cause instant death. Studies have shown that people who consume wine have 50% less chances of getting a stroke than the ones who do not drink it. Wine reduces the cholesterol levels in the body and hence is considered useful for the body.
Colon cancer is reportedly a non curable cancer. However research has shown that drinking moderate quantities of wine on a regular basis can indirectly prevent us from this disease. Red wine is recommended for people who fear the occurrence of colon cancer in their body. The risk of acquiring the disease drops by 45% in people who drink wine as compared to people who do not have it.
A research and study conducted on weight management has showed that wine can reduce weight and keep us fit. Wine should always be had with food and this combination slows down the digestion rate in the stomach. The time taken to empty the stomach after a meal increases when we have had wine; and hence, keeps us feeling full for a longer time. This results in eating less food which consequently shows loss in weight after a period of time. Wine should be consumed with the right food to enhance these qualities in it. However, overdrinking of wine can increase weight and hence only moderate quantities should be consumed. The recommended method is drinking wine along with the food and not before or after it.
All above These factors promote the health benefits of wine on the body. We can live longer life by consuming alcohol on a regular basis and in stipulated amounts only. Studies have shown that people who drink wine show a 34% lower rate of mortality than the ones who do not. All these health benefits are applicable only when we have a single glass of wine daily or once in two days. A higher amount of wine consumption means higher amounts of consumption of alcohol which is certainly hazardous to the body and our health. Regular exercise and a stable and health diet should be maintained along with wine drinking to keep us fit for many years.