The Health Benefits Of Wine Drinking

It is certainly no secret that recent medical science research demonstrates that wine consumption in moderation provides benefits related to a healthier heart and lower cancer risks. That being said, many people know little else about wine as a medicinal benefit. They do not know if there is a good wine or bad, how much to consume, and what to expect. Hopefully, this article will be of service to you to help you learn about wine and its health benefits.

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The benefits of drinking wine have been mentioned in various writings as early as the 1st century. In 1410, a French doctor recorded his findings about the benefits of wine. The idea that wine contains certain compounds and anti-oxidants that add longevity to our health is known as the “The French Paradox.” theory.

This ‘theory’ came about as medical researchers observed that even though the French consume high cholesterol and fatty laden food diets, those that had a glass of wine with their meals showed fewer instances of heart disease and deaths related to heart issues. This observation came from independent heath studies conducted in France.

As medical research continues to study the virtues of wine, scientists now believe that the anti-oxidants found the grape seeds and skins seem to be at the core of the health benefits of wine. Experts are now attempting to determine if the grape itself can offer these same advantages.

In addition to being directly associated with a healthier heart, wine has gained a reputation for being a legitimate anti-aging beverage as well. Despite wine’s positive health benefits, there will always be a hesitation to heartily endorse this alcoholic beverage due to the potential of over consumption. As a result there are some people in our society that are uncertain if the benefits of wine out weight the potential for abuse.

As mentioned previously, wine appears to benefit human heart function and it is known that wine effectively increases the level of HDL (good cholesterol as well. Additionally, it lowers the body’s LDL level (bad cholesterol). When taken with a meal, the wine delays food absorption in the digestive tract, which keeps down the production of muscle cells in the arteries.

These smooth muscle cells build up at times, causing artery blockages. When blood is able to flow freely through the circulatory system, it lowers blood pressure and reduces the overall stress on the circulatory system. Additionally, wine reduces the risk of kidney stones and certain cancers.

As beneficial as wine appears to be, it may not be the right supplemental health choice for everyone. One of the first considerations you should take into account is possible reactions or side effects that alcohol may have on any existing medication you are taking. Whether it is a prescribed medicine or an over-the-counter drug, alcohol can sometimes increase the likelihood of side effects such as liver and kidney damage. Individuals that suffer from diabetes, gastrointestinal disorder, or ulcers, should avoid consuming wine as a medicinal aid. Do not forget the danger of drinking and driving. If you are going out to a meal, or visiting a friend or relative, using wine for medicinal purposes is still alcohol consumption. Unless you are not driving home, avoid your glass of wine. Wine may also cause migraine headaches in some individuals, so be alert and read up on these types of side effects before you indulge.

Resveratrol and Flavanoids are non-alcoholic chemicals that are also connected to helping benefit your heart. Wine contains key vitamins and anti-oxidants important for nutritional health and diet. The benefits of these anti-oxidants and vitamins are enhanced through alcohol consumption like that found in a good red wine.

Using wine correctly and in the proper amount is helpful to achieve optimum medical benefits. It should be consumed with a meal, and for men the recommendation is 1 to 2 glasses, which would be 4 to 8 ounces of wine. It is recommended that women consume half of that amount for best benefits.

Of course, it is always best to check with your doctor for advice and input regarding your decision to use wine as a heart benefit. Some individuals may find that they do not like the effects of regular wine consumption during their meals. Though many people truly love to have a glass of wine with their meal, others will decide to seek additional or alternative treatment. Your doctor will be able to guide you in that process.

If you do not like the idea of drinking wine with your meals, might consider the possibility of using wine in other applications. It is known to enhance the flavor and bouquet of some various meals and it can be used to replace butter and oil, which adds to the health benefit of wine consumption.

Alcohol, in addition to everything else, serves as a very effective bacterial-fighter. Cooking with wine extends the life of foods, helps kill off any bacterial presence that might exist in your meal, and it is often used by major chefs to add great flavor and aroma to their meal presentation. Wine may be used with meat or pasta, and it is often added in to the meat or pasta sauce to create a very special flavor.

The importance of wine in cooking becomes obvious when you realize that the wine that is used in the cooking is often incorporated into the meal’s name. Veal Marsala is a great example of a meal being named after the wine used to prepare it; veal is the meat that is used and Marsala is the wine to be consumed. A good red wine for cooking with meats is Merlot. When it is reduced, the fruit flavors in the Merlot become concentrated and the result is a rich flavorful sauce. Cabernet is not so good for cooking as the tannins tend to concentrate and leave too much bitterness in the sauce. If you’re looking for a good white wine for cooking, you can generally use a Pinot Grigio or Sauvignon Blanc, again for reasons of flavor.

As you make the decision that is right for you, always consume alcohol wisely. Moderation is the key to enjoyment, safety, and benefit. If you consider these informative facts about the use of wine as a medicinal additive, you may very well find yourself staying healthier, happier, and heartier for years to come.

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