By James Madeiros
Drink Wine, Live Forever…
Wine drinkers – and wineries – have enjoyed surge in popularity of the fermented grape in part due to media reports that drinking wine can lead to everlasting life.
Okay, so that may be a slight exaggeration, but between the new research on resveratrol and the general hoopla surrounding the health benefits of red wine, one could reasonably begin to suspect that not adding wine to their diets may result in premature death.
The truth is that wine, in moderation, can be a healthy addition to an adult diet. Wine contains alcohol and non-alcoholic phytochemicals that can contribute to a reduction in the risk of some cancers and slow the advancement of some degenerative neurological disorders, including Alzheimer’s disease.
Wine, particularly red wine, also contains antioxidants and resveratrol, both of which are good for the heart and can reduce the incidence of heart disease when consumed in the proper amount.
Experts are fairly specific about what is considered a “proper amount” when it comes to wine. Men should have no more than two drinks per day, and women are advised to have no more than one a day.
A “drink” here is defined as a 5-ounce glass of red or white wine.
Cheers to your health!
Of course, I should remind everyone that our blog entries are for your information only and are not intended as medical advice. Because everyone is different, you should work with your medical professional to determine what’s best for you. If you’re going to drink, do it legally and responsibly; don’t be stupid =).