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Health Benefits of Moderate Red Wine Consumption

"Leslie Holly" (2020-08-04)




Humanity has been consuming wine for thousands of years, and while the effects of intoxication, headaches and other negative ailments resulting from heavy consumption are well chronicled, it's only in recent times that researchers have begun to identify the health benefits that moderate consumption offer.

What is considered 'moderate' consumption?

What passes as 'moderate' consumption varies by age and gender. For males, this is typically defined as up to two glasses per day, while for women and those above the age of sixty, it's up to one glass per day. In each case, these figures are based on a wine glass that holds five ounces and contains twelve percent alcohol contents. The reason for the disparity, is the general mass difference between males and females and their corresponding metabolic rates.


Below is a list of health benefits that moderate red wine consumption can offer.

Fights the debilitating effects of diabetes

Research by the American Diabetes Association has shown that a reasonable quantity of red wine may reduce the blood sugar levels of diabetics for up to twenty four hours, helping to alleviate the risk of heart disease for those with type 2 diabetes. As well as this, studies have shown that those who drank red wine on a weekly basis, were 30% less likely to develop type 2 diabetes than those who never drank red wine. Scientific analysis has determined that the sharp spike in blood sugar levels upon food consumption is a primary reason behind inflammation, which can lead to the development of diabetes. Drinking red wine fridge after a big meal can decrease blood sugar levels by upwards of 30%.

Safeguards the body from neurodegenerative diseases

The natural aging process is the leading cause of braincell degeneration. Research has indicated that the length of an individual's life is largely controlled by the strength of their diet. The potent polyphenols that exist in red wine have been shown to protect the brain from age-related diseases such as Alzheimer's, Parkinson's and Huntington's Disease.

Enhances bone density

Studies out of Denmark have reported that the resveratrol present in red wine has the ability to increase bone density of vertebrae in the spine, for sufferers of metabolic illnesses. The resveratrol accomplishes this by activating the generation of crucial bone nutrients. This improved bone strength also helps to lessen the chances of developing crippling bone related illnesses like osteoporosis. Sensible consumption of red wine has been seen to be just as efficient as prescription drugs in combating continued bone degradation in female patients.

Enhances lung function

Research has indicated that resveratrol has the capacity to reduce or block the inflammation that is caused by chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (CPOD). Pain and irritation is a major symptom of COPD and this due to presence of an excess quantity of large phagocytic cells known as macrophages. These cells produce irritation throughout the lungs and secrete glycoproteins called interleukins, which stimulate the creation of secondary cells that cause pulmonary degeneration.


Scientists recently conducted an experiment on cigarette smokers and those who suffered from COPD. Through their analysis, they were able to conclude that resveratrol restricted the growth of interleukins by more than fifty percent. Other researchers have since come out and stated that resveratrol is so effective at reducing incendiary signals under lab conditions that it may form the basis of a groundbreaking new medication for COPD.








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