Way back in 1968, when Neil Diamond penned the lyrics of Red, Red Wine, I’m pretty sure that he wasn’t thinking of anything beneficial to good health. And I doubt that Bob Marley or UB40 had it in mind, when they recorded their versions of the song. Yet studies have actually revealed that red wine, in moderation, can be good for us!
Before we go further, let’s establish what the term “moderation” means. One serving or glass, in moderation, is approximately five ounces of wine (125 calories). For women, that equates to one glass per day. For men, under age 65, two glasses. For those over age 65, limit yourself to one glass. After all, most of us are abundantly aware that too much alcohol can be damaging to our health. And underage drinking, aside from being illegal, can lead to long-term issues. No consumption of alcohol is advised, if you are pregnant. We don’t need, or want, additional problems. Now, let’s move on to the benefits …
For centuries, red wine was used to treat a variety of ailments. In recent years, numerous studies have concluded that red wine — consumed in moderation — may help us to live longer, increase our HDL or good cholesterol, lower our risk of heart-related conditions, prevent vision loss, boost lung functioning and fight gum disease. These studies have also concluded that red wine, consumed in moderation, can protect us from some forms of cancer, improve our mental health and even treat some skin conditions, i.e. acne. If that sounds too good to be true, there’s more. A study conducted by the American Journal of Epidemiology, back in 2010, found that its participants who drank 14 glasses of red wine per week were 40% less likely to catch a common cold. Why? Red wine contains antioxidants that help fight infection. One antioxidant, resveratrol, can even help us to lose weight!
So, whether you are enjoying a special dinner at home or attending a holiday party, you might consider sipping a glass of red wine. There is a Latin phrase “in vino veritas” that reminds us “there is truth in wine”. But now, we know there is so much more.
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