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Red Wine: Benefits and Risks

Red wine has been a form of alcohol that’s been enjoyed throughout history. Seen more as a beverage consumed by the upper class, the health ramifications of red wine have been established on top of many myths, the biggest one being the more you drink red wine, the slower the chance of Alzheimer’s.

 

Although there is an element of truth in said myth – the part where drinking red wine slows down Alzheimer’s – the health implication of consuming red wine hasn’t been discussed enough. Hence, this article will cover the benefits and risks of drinking wine.

The common belief that comes with red wine is that it decreases the risk of heart diseases. But little do people know, the benefits of red wine is only, well, beneficial when they are consumed in small amounts.

 

A serving of about 150ml that is consumed per day is seen to decrease the risk of a heart attack by nearly 32% when compared to people who do not drink red wine at all.

 

The problem comes when red wine is had at a higher amount.

In fact, people who drink wine in large quantities are at a higher chance of heart diseases.

 

Resveratrol, an ingredient in red wine, is said to have attributes that prevent damage to blood vessels and reduction of bad cholesterol (LDL). The health benefits are all because of this one ingredient. But if this ingredient, this one ingredient, can deliver so much, then why shouldn’t everyone drink wine?

 

Well, the resveratrol content is extremely less. You have to consume an insane amount of red wine every day, close to a 1000 bottles a day, so that the resveratrol benefits can be fully realised. This, for obvious reasons, isn’t recommended because the liver can only handle so much alcohol before it starts burning itself.

 

That said, drinking red wine in small quantities can, in fact, help you in the long run, many of the benefits characteristic to the antioxidants present in it.

 

Studies have shown drinking wine in moderation can help reduce the risk of many deadly diseases such as colon, ovary and prostate cancer. A glass or three a day, three or four a week can reduce the risk of stroke in middle-aged men and furthermore, lower blood pressure.

 

The previously stated myth at the beginning about Alzheimer’s is also true because of resveratrol. Of course, only moderate doses will help said fact.

 

Red wine obviously has its benefits. But just like anything else, exorbitant amounts of wine will only amplify the risks, and rather overshadow the benefits.

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