Home & Decor Red Wine : Health Benefits & Risks Words : Yvette Brazier Pics : Google Image Wine, and especially red wine, has been studied extensively. Evidence suggests that moderate consumption may help people live longer, protect against certain cancers, improve mental health, and enhance heart health. Centuries ago, wine was used treat various health conditions. Medieval monasteries were convinced that their monks lived longer than the rest of the population partly because of their moderate, regular consumption of wine. In recent years, science has indicated that this could be true. However, any health benefits only apply to moderate drinking. The United States (U.S.) Dietary Guidelines 2015 to 2020 define moderate drinking as: "Up to one drink per day for women, and up to two drinks per day for men, and only by adults of legal drinking age." Some people should not drink at all. It is best to discuss any planned increase in consumption with a doctor. 6 April 2018
Fast facts on the possible benefits • Red wine is high in resveratrol, and it may offer various health benefits. • Resveratrol may boost heart health, protect against some kinds of cancer, and prevent some types of vision loss. • Grapes and berries are a better source of resveratrol than red wine, so eating these is likely to be more healthful than drinking wine. • However, if you are going to drink, red wine appears to be more healthful than some kinds of alcoholic beverage. • Women should not drink more than one glass a day, and men, two glasses. “16 Health Benefits” Research indicates that red wine can boost a range of health factors. Several of these are based on the presence of resveratrol, a compound that is believed to offer a number of benefits. Resveratrol is a compound that some plants produce to fight off bacteria and fungi, and to protect against ultraviolet (UV) irradiation. The resveratrol in wine comes from the skins of red grapes. Blueberries, cranberries, and peanuts are also sources of resveratrol, and it is available in supplement form. Evidence suggests that in some forms, resveratrol may boost cardiovascular health, protect against cancer, and help treat acne, among others. Red wine contains resveratrol, but it may not be the best way to consume it, because the intake of alcohol brings it own risks. 1. Gut microbiome and cardiovascular health Resveratrol may improve heart health in various ways. In 2016, researchers suggested that it could reduce the risk of heart disease through the way it affects the gut microbiome. April 2018 7
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