Wine is one of those alcoholic beverages that seem to have attracted a lot of positive attention. It is often associated with impeccable craftsmanship, good taste, and an overall pleasant experience. However, beyond what it is celebrated to be, wines are also widely known for its health benefits. Above the usual list that most of us have come to know, here are some that you might be happy to learn about!
Wine Health Benefits
1. Prevents Colon Cancer
The beneficial component linked to wine is its resveratrol content. It breeds a lot of positive effects to the body, and in a recent study that was published last year by the Cancer Research UK it was noted to have a positive effect on your colon. According to researchers from Leicester, “relatively small doses of purified resveratrol, a chemical found in red grapes and wine, might have an impact in reducing the risk of bowel cancer – at least in mice prone to developing the disease.”
The research was done to look into how the logic where ‘more is better’ would actually hold up in terms of wine health benefits. Purified resveratrol was introduced to healthy participants then to those who are afflicted with colon cancer. Results showed that low-dose resveratrol reduced tumour growth by a quarter, as it slows down the speed at which the abnormal cells proliferate.
With these recent findings, experts are warning against making this a reason to get another chug of wine. What should be worth noting about the said study was the fact that what was used was purified resveratrol, which is actually way more potent than the kind that you get from wine. This is why, your intake should be in strict moderation. The American Cancer Society recommends that alcohol limit should be no more than 2 drinks a day for men and 1 drink per day in women, if you want to be well within the bounds of its positive effects.
2. Reduces the Risk for Diabetes
There are also recent studies where occasional alcohol intake reduced the risk for type 2 diabetes. The study by Jin Huang et. al. explored on whether certain types of beverage are more effective in providing this effect. In a prospective study which compared the effect of beer and spirits to that of wine, it showed that wine significantly decreased the risk of type 2 diabetes.
The researchers prepared what is considered by US health agencies as a “standard” drink which is 14 grams of pure alcohol. That would be equivalent to 12 ounces of Budweiser, 5 ounce of cool climate Pinot Noir, and 2 ounces of whiskey. After probing the results, they came to the conclusion that liquor drinkers found 5% risk reduction, beer drinkers have 9%, while wine drinkers earned a staggering 20% risk reduction.
However, in another situation where it is proven that moderation is always key, researchers found that the benefits of consuming alcohol can only go so far. Once the consumption for spirits goes beyond 23 grams per day, and above 80 grams a day for beer, the risk for type 2 diabetes actually increased. Surprisingly, they did not find the same effect with wine, but they still find that it is not a reason to go overboard.
Scientists attributed these protective effects of wine and its capacity to have lesser risk to the resveratrol content.
3.Helps Alzheimer’s Patients
One of the common degenerative condition in the world is Alzheimer’s where 1 in 10 people over 60 in Singapore are afflicted by it. This has been a growing concern, as it not only affects the person but the family as well.
Recent studies show that moderate wine consumption can help reduce the risk of developing dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. This is then translated to a single glass of wine a day, or an equivalent to 2-3 units of alcohol, found to significantly reduce the risk for death in patients with Alzheimer’s. What is worth noting, however, is that the results found in women, doesn’t show that much of a promise as female participants only showed neutral results.
4. It Helps You to Stay Thin
What is so exciting about this news is that there are actually two separate studies that support this claim. One study from Washington State University said that resveratrol in wine is found to transform “white fat” into “beige fat,” which is a version of fat that is much easier to burn. In another study from Brigham and Women’s Hospital and the Harvard School of Public Health, the claims was that middle-aged and older women who have a normal body weight and consumes light to moderate amounts of alcohol can maintain their drinking habits without having to worry about gaining more weight compared to women of the same qualities but are not alcohol drinkers. Based on their findings, the researchers reasoned that resveratrol helps turn on your moderation button which suppresses your appetite.
5. A weapon against leukemia
The benefits of resveratrol against one of the most common childhood cancers showed, once again, a lot of promise in preventing its proliferation. What researchers found is actually pretty interesting being that resveratrol fights leukemia by way of apoptosis (controlled cell death). It decreases cell viability of the cancer cells by causing it to shrink and deform its membrane among a multitude of other signs.
What was concluded is that resveratrol inhibits the growth of cells by up to 60.9% after a 24-hour treatment, and a whopping 70.3% after 72 hours. The researchers do note that the effectiveness of reseveratrol in leukemia therapy is dependent on the concentration of dosage and time spent in contact with the target cells.
Although the study still needs more validation by repetition and further probing. The results that was currently gathered showed promise for the development of resveratrol as a natural and effective therapy for this type of cancer. It gives patient another option should their system fail to respond positively to traditional modes of treatment, such as chemotherapy.
So raise your glass of wine and toast to good health, and allow your body to revel in the goodness of wine. Beyond the silky texture against your palate, allow its innate goodness, in moderation, to take over your body. As if you need more reasons to love it much more than you already do, but these are good news that certainly sheds a new light to the drink aside from the usual benefits you hear about.
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