Is moderate consumption of alcohol really beneficial to health? Yes! But, not just any alcohol. Already well-known as heart healthy, it has to be red wine. According to a recent study conducted by researchers at the University of California School of Medicine, a drink a day can help improve your body’s ability to combat infection, as well as strengthen your immune system.
So, if you love a tipple with your dinner every evening, then you need to keep reading.
You’ll only keep the doctor away if you drink in moderation
Before you run off to pop the cork and get sipping, University of California researchers say that it’s important you realise that to get the most of the health benefits of wine, you have to drink it in moderation. According to the Heart and Stroke Foundation South Africa, moderation is two drinks a day for men and one for women.
However, your definition of glass could be different from mine. So, if your glass fits half a bottle of wine, then it goes without saying that it’s not equivalent to the one drink. One drink is equal to 125 ml wine.
Three surprising benefits of red wine
1. Guard against ovarian woes
Australian researchers compared a group of women with ovarian cancer to those without. Their results showed how those that drank one glass of wine a day seemed to have reduced their risk by as much as 50 percent. This could be due to phytoestrogens or antioxidants in wine, which have high anticancer properties. Another study by the University of Hawaii produced similar results. Also, a test tube study conducted by University of Michigan found that a red wine compound helped kill ovarian cancer cells.
2. Boost your immune system
According to a Spanish study, as little as half a glass can guard against food poisoning caused by germs such as salmonella. Furthermore, in another British study, those who drank a glass of wine a day reduced their risk of infection by Helicobacter pylori bacteria by 11%. These bacteria are a major cause of ulcers, gastritis and stomach cancers.
3. Boosts brain health
It could also cause your brain to get less excited and slow down if you drink too much of it. So remember, moderation. Wine helps prevent clots, could preserve your memory, and reduce blood vessel inflammation explains Tedd Goldfinger, DO, of the University of Arizona School of Medicine. When researchers gave women in their 70s memory quizzes, those who drank one drink every day scored higher than those who didn’t drink. Wine also seems to raise HDL (good cholesterol), which helps unclog your arteries.