When it comes to alcohol, we often hear about the health dangers it can pose to anyone who binges or abuses alcohol. However, most alcohol also offers a suite of health benefits if consumed in moderation.
A shining example of one such alcohol is wine – be it white or red. Typically red wine’s health benefits are more notable than white, but both still have many to offer. These health benefits come from a result of drinking in moderation. This typically means two glasses a day at most for men, and one glass a day at most for women.
1. Reduced risk of heart attacks
A study in the US found that moderate wine drinkers who suffer from high blood pressure are 30% less likely to suffer a heart attack than non-drinkers.
2. Lowered risk of Type 2 Diabetes
A similar statistic to that of heart attacks, moderate drinkers will find they have a 30% less likelihood of developing Type 2 Diabetes when compared to non-drinkers.
3. Lessened risk of heart disease
Red wines are known for having something in them called tannins (bitter plant compounds) that contain something known as procyanidins. It has been proven that procyanidins help protect people from developing heart disease.
4. Lowered risk of stroke
The moderate consumption of a number of alcohols can help lower the risk of having a stroke, and wine falls into this category. Such moderate consumption of wine reduces the possibility of suffering a blood clot-related stroke by around 50% compared to non-drinkers.
5. Less risk of cataracts
If you a moderate drinker of wine, you can expect to be 32% less likely of getting cataracts than your non-drinking counterparts.
6. Less likelihood of getting colon cancer
While white wine will reduce your likelihood of suffering from colon cancer, red wine is a much more effective option here. With red wine, you can reduce your chances by around 45% compared to non-drinkers.
7. Brain function declination
While alcohol usually earns a reputation of killing brain cells and lowering brain function, drinking wine in moderation is actually good for significantly slowing down declining brain function.
Remember that these benefits only come from moderation. Wine, like any other alcohol, can have negative health effects if consumed in large amounts or too frequently.
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