Health

Is Wine Really Good for Us?

May 29 2019 By Priya

For decades, if not centuries, wine, especially red wine is taken as beneficial alcohol.

From doctors to media, they’ve made sure to let everyone know that drinking a glass of wine during dinner is actually good for your health.

Wine has forever been associated with multiple health benefits.

It’s been said that wine protects us from neural degeneration, cardiovascular diseases, and oral bacteria.

It raises HDL (healthy) cholesterol, prevents artery damage, and reduces the formation of blood clots.

Apart from that, other benefits that wine have are it improves the function of the layer of cells that lines your blood vessels.

Learning about all these benefits, why would anyone say no to a glass of wine, am I right?

But here comes the twist.

Whatever studies that have been carried out till date hasn’t been on wine but the antioxidants it contains.

And one of the key antioxidants found in wine is Resveratrol.

What is Resveratrol?

Resveratrol is a type of antioxidant that is found in red wine. It is an ingredient that prevents damage to blood vessels.

It also reduces low-density lipoprotein cholesterol and prevents blood clots.

Researches have also found that resveratrol might lower the risk of inflammation and blood clotting that leads to different heart disease.

So, we could easily say that resveratrol protects the heart and muscles, right?

The truth, however, is that research shows all these benefits of resveratrol only when injected in rats.

Till date, there hasn’t been any human-based research on the benefits of resveratrol.

So, for a human to have a similar effect, you need to consume about 330 liters of wine, all at once. It’s not going to work if you consume one glass per day.

Why is wine not good for us?

Wine contains more than just antioxidants.

Since it is an alcoholic beverage, like every alcohol, wine also contains a molecule called ethanol.

Ethanol is what causes all the harmful effects, not just in wine but all other spirits.

The first thing it targets is the brain as it slows down its neural activity.

It slowly but surely damages the liver and pancreas. Followed by increased blood pressure, weight gain and obesity, cancer, stroke, and heart failure.

While different magazines and even doctors recommend drinking a glass of wine every day, it’s not a good idea.

Because according to the experts, these toxic effects actually start from the very first sip.

Regardless of the amount you’ve consumed, whether it’s a glass or multiple bottles, wine has no protective effects.

The worst part, however, is that you don’t even have to be an alcoholic to experience all these negative effects.

Even an infrequent consumption might lead to liver cirrhosis or any other disease mentioned earlier.

But don’t think that you’ll fall ill the moment you put wine in your mouth. It doesn’t necessarily work that way.

You can say that the more wine you consume, the more the harmful effects gather and increases.

And the lesser you have it, the lower the risk. But these risks will surely appear in the long term.


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