Friday, September 17, 2010

So you've probably heard all the mumbo jumbo on the health benefits about wine and alcohol and what not. However you are still not drinking that glass of wine with your meal because you are still worried about the negative health risks that also come with the consumption about alcohol. Well, yes. I'm not going to lie to you. Drinking alcohol can come with extremely negative health risks such as heart failure, impairing a person's mind to be able to think properly and many other negative side effects. But if you take moderation into account, there can be many health benefits from drinking a glass of wine.

One of the biggest topics with this entire mass media attention about the health benefits of drinking wine in moderation are the effects of resveratrol. In controlled lab experiments it has been shown that resveratrol can help with the treatment of some cancers, increase a person's metabolism, help maintain and lose weight and even prevent the production of some viruses. However since most of these tests were never experimented on humans and if they were, it was only for short term effects, we don't really know the long term effects it can have on humans.

So maybe resveratrol might be good for the human body to have to sustain and promote a healthier body, but where does it come from? It comes from many different sources but primarily is berries. Trace amounts of it has been found in blueberries, cranberries, and bilberries, but one of the highest amount on average have been found within grapes which is basically the main ingredient in wine.

There are many other health benefits in which drinking wine can bring to a person. Another reason why wine is so beneficial is because of the proanthocyanidin it contains. Proanthocyanidin is an important compound and is actually used in many of today's modern medicines. Proanthocyanidin can reduce the production of histamine naturally and therefore used as a treatment for a allergies, it can also help with the circulation of blood, inhibit the body's enzymes that break down collagen, which therefore prevents wrinkles and keeps your skin smooth.

Wines have also been found to be effective against many forms of bacteria to help prevent the subject from getting sick. Also many other short term effects have been found with the link between drinking wine in moderation has shown many other health benefits which the most important of having a healthier cardiovascular system which is your heart. However, moderation is the key here. If abused, alcohol can have tremendous negative effects. As they say, too much of a good thing can go bad.

So as long as you drink in moderation, it can be beneficial. So a toast to your health.


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