Could a glass of wine a day keep the doctor away?

by Piers Lewis

You may have already heard that drinking wine can have some extraordinary health benefits. Indeed, wine has a long history of use as an early form of medicine. During the 1990s and early 21st century there was an increased interest, as research began to suggest that moderate wine drinkers had lower mortality rates than heavy drinkers or those who never drank. 

Since then studies, which have focussed mainly on red wine, have discovered more specific health benefits. 

The most impressive piece of research was published in the Journal of Gerontology, in 2007. Finnish researchers studied 2,468 men over a 29-year period, and found that wine drinkers had a 34% lower mortality rate than those consuming other types of alcohol.Since then studies, which have focussed mainly on red wine, have discovered more specific health benefits. 

  • Good for the Heart?

Following a Harvard School of Public Health study, wine was also found to reduce the risk of heart attack for those suffering from high blood pressure: moderate drinkers were found to have a 30% less chance of heart attack than non-drinkers. Meanwhile, a study out of Columbia University found that the possibility of suffering a blood clot–related stroke drops by about 50% in people who consume moderate amounts of red wine.

In much the same vein, Queen Mary’s University in London found evidence that red-wine tannins contain procyanidins, which can lower the risk of heart disease. Those wines with stronger tannins, such as Fox Gordon’s 2014 Eight Uncles Shiraz, are more powerful at reducing this risk. 

  • Reduce risk of Diabetes?

In 2005, Amsterdam's VU University Medical Center found that drinking wine could reduce the risk of developing type-2 diabetes. During this study, moderate drinkers were found to have 30% less risk than non-drinkers. Wines with a lower sugar content, such as Edwards 2013 Cabernet are particularly beneficial in this case. 

  • Good for the eyes?

Icelandic researchers then discovered that moderate wine drinkers are 32% less likely to get cataracts than non-drinkers. With your eyes in good working order, you can use your sight on the visually stunning Chateau Serilhan Aoc Saint Estephe 2013.  

  • Red wine reduces risk of Cancer?

Researchers from Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles found moderate consumption of most alcoholic drinks to increase the risk of developing breast cancer. However, red wine intake had the opposite effect, and reduced the risk. Meanwhile, Stony Brook University found that red wine can cut the risk of colon cancer by 45%.

  • Good for the brain?

We all know that drinking wine can get the creative part of the brain moving, but there are other benefits as well.  Columbia University researchers found that brain function declined at a faster rate in non-drinkers than in moderate drinkers. Likewise, a team from several universities in Spain reported in the journal BMC Medicine that drinking wine can reduce the risk of depression.

There have been countless studies conducted to determine the health benefits of wine and research continues to this day, particularly with regards to white wine, which has not featured strongly in previously published research.  

Usually things that taste good or are enjoyable are bad for our health, however, research has indicated that wine is the exception!  Not only is wine a sophisticated, delicious drink, it may well be making you live longer, avoid cancer and avoid depression.  Almost like a magic elixir!



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