Are there any health benefits to drinking wine?
By: Kerry Berry
Wine - what are the benefits?
The main ingredient in wine associated with health benefit claims are due to the plant compound called Resveratrol. This is found in the skin of dark grapes, their seeds and the juice. Resveratrol is a polyphenol, and these compounds have been involved in many studies in recent years in relation to its effects on longevity.
Resveratrol has been claimed to be a powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory agent.
'There are claims that moderate drinking can help to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease, diabetes and some types of cancer. '
Reports can be a little misleading. There are so many confounding variables surrounding drinking alcohol.
Could it be that those individuals who do drink in moderation are also those who eat well, don’t smoke and exercise regularly?? Could it be that those individuals are improving their risk factors due to their overall healthy lifestyle in conjunction with drinking in moderation?
The bottom line:
If you enjoy drinking alcohol and it’s important to your social health and wellbeing, go ahead and enjoy a drink – in moderation, obviously!
If you don’t, would I suggest you start drinking to benefit from the reported health benefits?
As for the health benefits associated with resveratrol, I suggest you grab a handful of red/black grapes.
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