Is Drinking Wine Good For You?

Veronica Kramer
written by Veronica Kramer
first posted on December 30, 2018
last updated on February 8, 2019

According to studies, drinking red wine is good for your health. Moderate consumption of red wine, especially during meals, (one-two glasses a day, not more!) with its high content of antioxidants (polyphenols and melatonin) has beneficial effects on almost the entire human body and reduces the risk of many diseases.

Is White Wine Or Red Wine Better For You?

Red. A glass of red wine (125 ml) can have an average of about 210 mg of polyphenols, while white wine can contain even ten times less.

White wine can be beneficial too but it is less healthy because of its lower antioxidant content. Pink wines healthiness lies between red and white wines.

Two glasses of wine a day raise the level of good HDL cholesterol and lower the level of “bad” LDL cholesterol in the blood. Red wine is stronger than white in this aspect.

Red wine also has the ability to reduce the risk of many cancers, inhibit the growth of cancer cells and protect against oxidative stress. If you’re a carnivore, it’s important to drink it while consuming it as it reduces its carcinogenic properties.

What’s Healthier? Sweet Wine Or Dry Wine?

Dry. Dry wines contain more healthy polyphenols as compared to sweet wines made from the same grapes. They also have lower quantities of sugar.

The Benefits Of Drinking Red Wine

It strengthens the heart and blood vessels, reducing the risk of coronary heart disease, stroke, and atherosclerosis. This benefit is owed to the presence of polyphenols, melatonin and… alcohol. Wine has the capacity to reduce the incidence of cardiovascular diseases and thus reduce the risk of all fatalities associated with it. Red wine also strengthens the cardiovascular system, and aids in preventing infarcts and atherosclerosis. It also considerably reduces the risk of obesity.

Red wine can also reduce the risk of cancer and other diseases of the nervous system. It has a positive effect on metabolic factors, like lowering the level of “bad” cholesterol and triglycerides in the blood. It works pre-biotically – i.e. it affects the bacterial flora of the digestive system.

Health benefits resulting from consumption of wine correspond to some of the antioxidants contained in it, among others. polyphenols (including gallic acid, resveratrol, quercetin) and melatonin. They protect the body against any excess of reactive oxygen species (including free radicals) and oxidative stress, thus slowing down the aging process of the body and preventing many diseases associated with old age.

Most bioactive ingredients contained in red wines are extremely beneficial for health. The largest amount of phenolic compounds are extracted during grape fermentation. Large amounts of polyphenols are also be found in coffee, tea, onions, certain fruits, fruit juices, legumes and cereals (mainly in barley).

Consuming a diet rich in polyphenols and drinking moderate amounts of wine can strengthen the nervous system and limit the development of many of its diseases related to old age – Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s. Regular drinking of small amounts of alcohol also reduces the probability of any form of dementia.

Thanks to the content of polyphenols and alcohol, the wine also has a beneficial effect on the lipid profile. Two glasses of wine a day raise the level of good HDL cholesterol and lower the level of “bad” LDL cholesterol in the blood. Red wine is stronger than white in this aspect.

Moderate consumption of red wine with a meal, can be highly recommended especially to diabetics. Antioxidants present in the wine can prevent many diabetic complications caused by oxidative stress.

Moderate consumption of wine is also associated with a reduced risk of vision disturbance called macular degeneration.

Regular consumption of moderate amounts of alcohol reduces the risk of many diseases, and it can be assumed safely that it has a beneficial effect on life expectancy, reducing the risk of mortality.

Red Wine And Teeth

Wine also exhibits an antibacterial effect, thus it has the capacity to aid in the prevention of dental caries, pharyngitis and throat inflammation. Unfortunately, it also has the tendency to cause discoloration and erosion of the enamel. So, it would be wise to rinse the mouth with water or chew gum after drinking.

Are Wine Sulfites Bad For You?

Unless you’re suffering from asthma, it shouldn’t matter if you’re consuming wine with sulfites or not. Contrary to popular belief, sulfites do not cause migraines.

The Dangers Of Drinking Wine

Red wine is only beneficial if you drink one or two glasses a day. Alcohol in excess is a poison. Overindulging in alcohol may lead to serious health hazards.

People suffering from severe gastrointestinal diseases and/or taking antibiotics should avoid drinking wine. It should also be noted that the acid content in wine can contribute to the erosion of the enamel.

In susceptible individuals, wine can cause migraines, cause allergic reactions (headaches, cough, redness), and in some asthmatics – exacerbate the symptoms of asthma.

Drinking more than two glasses a day is dangerous and can do more harm than good in spite of the various good effects associated with wine consumption.

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Do you drink wine with every dinner?

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Veronica Kramer

Veronica Kramer

Unhype co-founder, entrepreneur, registered nutritionist, traveler, writer, translator, coffee aficionado, yoga buff.

Veronica is keen on exploring the stories that hide in the most unexpected of places. She enjoys thinking about the future we face and has strong opinions about different "isms" and how modern technology influences the globalized world.
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