wine health benefits

If you are a wine lover, chances are high that you have read the reports online stating the health benefits of wine. Today you will find out the various health benefits wine has to offer you. Please note that for the purposes of this article the health benefits discussed here are from moderate wine consumption i.e. one to two 4-ounces glasses a day.

Health Benefits Of Wine

Wine Promotes Longevity

According to a Finnish study involving 2,468 men over 29 years showed that on average, wine drinkers have a 34% lower mortality rate than those who drink spirits or beer. This means that you need to reduce your beer consumption and increase your intake of wine. The findings of the study were published in the Journals of Gerontology in 2007.

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Wine Reduces Risk Of Heart Attacks

A 16-year study by the Harvard School of Public Health involving 11,711 men showed that moderate wine drinkers that suffer from high blood pressure are 30% less likely to get a heart attack than those that do not drink. The findings of this study were published in the Annals of Internal Medicine in 2007.

Reduces Risk Of Heart Disease

A  study by the Queen Mary University in London whose findings were published in ‘Nature’ in 2006 showed that red wine tannins has procyanidins that protects against heart disease. The study also revealed that wines from southwest France and Sardinia have more procyanidins than other wines.

Reduces Risk Of Type 2 Diabetes

According to the findings of a study published in ‘Diabetes Care’ in 2005, moderate wine drinkers have 30% lower risk of developing type 2 diabetes than nondrinkers do. The study involved 369, 862 people and covered a period of 12 years. It was conducted at VU University Medical center in Amsterdam.

Lowers Risk Of Stroke

A study by Columbia University involving 3,176 individuals covering a period of 8 years showed that in persons that consume alcohol in moderation, the likelihood of a blood clot related stroke reduces by around 50%. The findings of this study were published in ‘Stroke’ in 2006.

Reduces Risk Of Cataracts

The findings of a 2003 study published in ‘Nature’ showed that moderate drinkers are 32% less likely to get cataracts than those that do not drink. Wine drinkers are 43% less likely to develop cataracts than beer drinkers are. The study was conducted in Iceland and it involved 1,379 people.

Reduces Risk Of Colon Cancer

A 4-year study by the Stony Brook University involving 2,291 persons, moderate consumption of (red) wine reduces the risk of colon cancer by 45%. The findings of the study were published in the American Journal of Gastroenterology in 2005.

Slows Brain Decline

The findings of a Columbia University study showed that brain function reduces at a notably quicker rate in those that do not drink than in moderate drinkers. The study involved 1,416 individuals and the findings were published in ‘Neuroepidemiology’ in 2006.

In conclusion, this article has been a discussion about the health benefits of wine. Now that you know, you can start drinking wine in moderation. Happy drinking!

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