Many women love to unwind with wine, but is wine really all that healthy? New research from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health says yes, wine has some surprising health benefits. But before you reach for your corkscrew, Dr. Alqulali wants you to remember one thing: Moderation is key.
Like all things, too much wine can be a bad thing, so it’s important to take a moment to talk about moderation. Moderation means one 5-ounce alcoholic drink per day for women and two 5-ounce alcoholic beverages or less per day for men. Consuming high quantities of wine or other alcoholic drinks can increase a woman's risk of developing breast cancer, especially in those who already have a family history.
What Are the Health Benefits of Having a Glass of Wine?
Wine is Good for Your Heart. Wine can help improve heart health and even reduce the risk of heart attack by 30 percent. Wine also increases LDL or "good," cholesterol. Increased LDL cholesterol further lowers your risk of heart attack. Wine also helps keep the arteries flexible, which prevents the development of atherosclerosis, or hardening of the arteries. Atherosclerosis is the cause of 30 percent of the heart attacks in the U.S. each year.
Wine Can Lower Your Risk of Diabetes. Researchers have connected wine and other alcoholic drinks to a 30 to 40 percent reduction of Type 2 diabetes in women, but moderation means everything. Excessive consumption of wine and other forms of alcohol can increase the risk of developing Type 2 diabetes.
Wine Can Help You Detox. Not only can wine help you relax, but it can also help you detox. Red wine is full of antioxidants, like resveratrol, which removes cancer-causing toxins and free radicals from your body. Red wine isn’t the only place to find antioxidants and resveratrol, however. Tea, berries and other fruits are also excellent sources of these beneficial nutrients. Some scientists have also linked wine to reducing high blood pressure and dementia.
Want to learn more about the benefits of wine and other ways to reduce your risk of heart disease, cancer and diabetes? Schedule an appointment with Dr. Alqulali today at 888-716-0559.