Every year, there is a flurry of headlines about the health benefits of wine. But can drinking wine really make a difference?
It should be considered that in order to enjoy the benefits, wine consumption should be moderate i.e. one to two four-ounce glasses a day, as defined by the American Heart Association.
Based on this, these are 8 benefits of drinking wine:
1- Promotes Longevity
Wine drinkers have a 34 percent lower mortality rate than beer or spirits drinkers.
This result was presented in a Finnish study of 2,468 men over a 29-year period, published in the Journals of Gerontology.
2- Reduces Heart-Attack Risk
Moderate drinkers suffering from high blood pressure are 30 percent less likely to have a heart attack than nondrinkers.
This was concluded in a 16-year Harvard School of Public Health study of 11,711 men, published in the Annals of Internal Medicine.
3- Lowers Risk of Heart Disease
Red-wine tannins contain procyanidins, which protect against heart disease. Wines from Sardinia and southwest France have more procyanidins than other wines, according to a study carried out at Queen Mary University in London, published in Nature.
4- Reduces Risk of Type 2 Diabetes
Based on a research on 369,862 individuals studied over an average of 12 years each, at Amsterdam’s VU University Medical Center, published in Diabetes Care, it was concluded that moderate drinkers have 30 percent less risk than nondrinkers of developing type 2 diabetes.
5- Lowers Risk of Stroke
The possibility of suffering a blood clot–related stroke drops by about 50 percent in people who consume moderate amounts of alcohol, according to a Columbia University study of 3,176 individuals over an eight-year period, published in Stroke.
6- Cuts Risk of Cataracts
Moderate drinkers are 32 percent less likely to get cataracts than nondrinkers; those who consume wine are 43 percent less likely to develop cataracts than those drinking mainly beer.
This conclusion was drawn form a study of 1,379 individuals in Iceland, published in Nature.
7- Cuts Risk of Colon Cancer
“Moderate consumption of wine (especially red) cuts the risk of colon cancer by 45 percent,” according to a Stony Brook University study of 2,291 individuals over a four-year period, published in the American Journal of Gastroenterology.
8- Slows Brain Decline
A Columbia University study of 1,416 people, published in Neuroepidemiology, revealed that brain function declines at a markedly faster rate in nondrinkers than in moderate drinkers.