Red wine has been part of social, religious, and cultural events for hundreds of years.
It's a common assumption that people in mediterranean countries live longer partly because of their regular, moderate drinking of wine.
According to several studies, moderate consumption of red wine may have benefits for cardiovascular health.
BUT: EVEN BETTER EFFECTS HAVE EATING GRAPES OR DRINKING GRAPE JUICE
Moderate drinking is defined as 1 glas (100 ml) of wine for women and 2 glasses for men.
The linked positive benefits are:
Certain types of cancer (Brest-, Lung-, Prostatacancer)
Metabolic syndrome and Diabetes type 2
Neurological disorders (Dementia, Stroke)
Red wine gets its health benefits from its antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and lipid-regulating effects. Made from crushed dark grapes, it is a relatively rich source of resveratrol, a natural antioxidant in the skin of grapes.
Antioxidants reduce oxidative stress in the body. Oxidative stress has clear links with many diseases, including cancers and heart disease.
There are many healthful, antioxidant-rich foods, including fruits, nuts, and vegetables. Whole grapes and berries are better sources of resveratrol than red wine, and because of the health risks linked with drinking alcohol, getting antioxidants from foods is more healthy than drinking wine. To get enough resveratrol, more than the moderate wine consumption would be neccessary which does more harm than good.
However, when choosing between alcoholic beverages, red wine is more healthy than others.
Wine consumption may have some health benefits, but drinking too much of any type of alcohol can increase health risks.
The risks of excessive alcohol use include:
Fatty liver diseas and liver damage
Mental health conditions
People may also experience alcohol poisoning and alcohol abuse. Heavy drinking is harmful for your health!
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