You have heard many times before that having a glass of wine a night actually has many health benefits. You have also heard many times that, that’s not true, it’s just an excuse to drink. So, which is it? Is drinking wine good or bad for you? The answer is: a little bit of both. Wine should be drunk in moderation. Moderate wine consumption is defined as one drink a day by women and two drinks a day by men. Let’s take a look at how wine can help you or harm you and how it not only affects your health, but your mental well-being as well.
Help: Red wine can help prevent cancer
According to British researchers, red wine contains resveratrol which is a chemical that can help prevent the growth of cancerous tumors. When studying the effects of resveratrol in mice, they found that when the mice received a daily dose of resveratrol (for humans this would be equivalent to two glasses of wine) it reduced their rate of bowel tumor development by 50 percent.
Red wine has also been linked to a healthy heart, weight loss, and reducing the risk of prostate cancer while white wine has been linked to reducing the risk of lung cancer.
Harm: Possible lead in wine
People have been concerned that because of the acidity of wine, that it may leach lead out of things its touches. For instance, the crystal glasses that you drink your wine out of. To prevent this sort of thing happening, it is suggested not to store your wine in crystal decanters for long periods of time.
Help: May reduce the risk of depression
According to BMC Medicine, Spain Universities have reported that drinking wine may reduce the risk of depression. They conducted a study with 2,683 men and 2,822 women, ages ranging from 55 to 80 years old over a seven year period. In their data it showed that men and women who drank two to seven glasses of wine a week were less likely to be diagnosed with depression.
One of the biggest complaints heard about wine is that the drinker had gotten a headache. There could many reasons for this, but the main one seems to be the sulphites that are added into the wine. Sulphites, more often than not are added into the wine to make up for the poor quality of grapes, or the poor quality of the winemaking.
[1.] Medical News Today – http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/265635.php
[2.] Food and Wine – http://www.foodandwine.com/articles/8-health-benefits-of-drinking-wine
[3.] Cellarer – http://blog.cellarer.com/how-wine-affects-your-body/