Mt Lofty Wine - 750 ml
Most people appreciate wine for its delicious and complex taste. There are countless different types of wine, each pairing mouth wateringly well with certain combinations of food. This immense variety means, if you had enough money, you could live a lifetime without drinking the same wine twice.
But how does wine affect your health? First off, wine, like any other item ingested, should be taken in moderation. Just like eating 8 pounds of chocolate a day is unhealthy, and 15 bags of potato chips for lunch will give bad results, so would drinking 8 bottles of wine a day. Wine, like anything else overdone, can harm your body in large quantities. The key is moderation.
The French Paradox - Helping Fight Heart Disease
So, assuming a glass of wine with dinner every day, what benefits will this wine bring to your body? Research by UCA-Davis has shown that the wine is reducing coronary heart disease incidence. This was known as the "French Paradox" for a while, because doctors couldn't figure out why cream-loving French weren't dying from heart attacks frequently. Wine, it turns out, was the answer.
What is wine doing? The wine is altering the blood lipid levels. It lowers the total cholesterol count, and raises the high density lipoprotein (HDL) levels. In essence, it keeps the blood vessels clean. In fact, research in Dec 2001 showed how polyphenols in red wine - especially Cabernet Sauvignon - keeps the arteries clear.
Wine and Ulcer Prevention
Newsweek reported in May 99 that a study showed how wine helps prevent ulcers. In a study of 1800 people, the scientists tested for the presence of helico bacterpylori, which causes ulcer infections. Compared to non-drinkers, those who had one glass of wine a day had 7% fewer of these bacteria. Those who drink two glasses a day had 18%, and those who drank 3 or more glasses had 1/3 fewer bacteria
Wine and Cancer
Studies show that wine helps fight cancer. Wine contains resveratrol which helps supress cancer. The red grapes that go into red wine also have bioflavonoids, which are antioxidants and help prevent cancer to begin with. Third, as a stress fighter, wine is also shown to help cancer patients by relaxing them and helping them fight their disease.
Wine and Strokes
Studies show that wine helps prevent strokes! Scientists figure that the alcohol breaks up blood clots and increases HDL ("good") cholesterol in the bloodstream. This keeps the arteries clean. Note that this helps with the common ischemic stroke, but not with the rare hemorrhagic stroke, which is sudden bleeding in the brain.
Wine as a Soother
Wine is a calming influence, something which may seem incidental but should not be forgotten. The fact that a dinner is accompanied by a drink which helps the body relax and unwind can help the mental transition between work and relaxation. Also, people fighting other illnesses can combat them better when calm and focused.
Wine and General Health
Researchers have found that those who drink 1-3 glasses a day regularly are healthier than those who drink none, and also than those who drink more. Even Hangovers aren't really from the alcohol -they're from the impurities that are in the beverage.
Any alcohol, like any other food item, can be used properly, or can be used to excess. Some people are sensitive to the natural sulphites found in wine - sulphites are higher in whites than in reds. Others get migraine headaches from too many tannins, which are found mostly in red wines. While avoiding misuse, we should also rejoice in the many fine benefits that can be had by properly using wine as it was meant to be used - in moderation.