by Lena Bailey about a year ago in wine

The Benefits and the Dangers


So I just started the journey of tasting and enjoying wine this past October. So like a good nerd, I did my research about the best type of wine and the benefits (and risks) of drinking wine. So before we talk about the benefits or the risks, we need to talk about the proper glass size. Experts say that the proper serving size is about a 5-ounce pour and women should have one glass a day while men can drink two. So let's dive into the benefits first.

Wine contains antioxidants which help with fighting diseases, especially ones like cancer. If you want to go with the best one for antioxidants, go with white, it has more. This is an interesting fact because most people talk about how great red wine is for you, no one looks into the benefits of white. Wine also boosts your immune system and wards off some infections. I can actually say that I know for a fact that this is true; when I was sick, I drank wine and it went away fairly quickly.

Wine can even increase bone density. According to the study, red wine has high levels of silicon that can help with bone mineral density. Wine can also help you get to sleep at night. Moderate consumption of wine or any alcohol can help blood clotting. Wine can be a natural blood thinner, which helps lower the risk of a stroke. This benefit is mainly in red wine because red wine contains phenol which acts like a blood thinner similar to aspirin. There is a warning to this though if you are a heavy drinker the alcohol may put you at a higher risk of a heart attack. In moderation, wine can help reduce the risk of heart disease. The tannins found in red wine contains procyanidins which can help ward off free radicals that can cause heart disease. The procyanidins can also lower cholesterol, so if you are worried about cholesterol or your heart, pour some red wine.

Wine can reduce the risk of type two diabetes and cancer. Colon cancer, prostate cancer, and breast cancer are the top three types of cancer that wine fights. It all comes back to the wine being able to fight free radicals when it comes to its ability to fight cancer. Wine is able to fight type two diabetes because it can help with insulin because of how it is metabolized.

It helps with cognitive function, it's basically brain food. Chemicals found in red wine prevent the brain's neurons from dying off. So it protects the brain from dementia and slows the onset of neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer's and Parkinson's.

Researchers at Harvard Medical School found that wine may help you live longer. The reason they believe this is because a property in wine activates a protein that acts as an anti-aging agent. Which is more than enough reason for me to drink wine.

You are less likely to develop cataracts if you drink wine then if you didn't drink wine. Cataracts are one of the things in my family so I love wine even more for this benefit.

Of course, you should never overindulge in wine or any other alcoholic beverage. You should never drink and drive either. It is also found that if you drink more than suggested in the beginning of this post that it may reverse some of the good that wine does. So if you drink more than one glass a day it may lead to increases the risk of heart disease, high blood pressure, atrial fibrillation, stroke, and cancer. I also have to talk about binge drinking and alcoholism. Binge drinking can lead to death, poisoning or accidents. Alcoholism cuts down on your life expectancy and destroys your liver.

So hope you enjoyed this I may do these types of blogs from time to time.

Lena Bailey
Lena Bailey
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Lena Bailey

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