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RED WINE: GOOD OR BAD

In Health, Healthcare, Medicine on June 22, 2012 at 8:00 am

So, everyone says alcohol in general is bad. That statement is 100% true for people who do not know how much to drink. Most people keep drinking till they feel the kick. They want to feel the sense of feeling ‘HIGH” . But alcohol, especially wine could be a life saver when taken in moderation for medicinal purposes. By far, most of us know that Red Wine is the healthiest of all alcohols known to mankind so far. But we still need to know certain things about Red Wine to make it either our friend or enemy.

Goods about Red Wine

1. Slows the progression of neurological degenerative disorders like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s Disease

2. Reduces the risk of heart disease by

  • Raises high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol, the “good” cholesterol
  • Reduces the formation of blood clots
  • Helps prevent artery damage caused by high levels of low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol, the “bad” cholesterol

3. Reduces the risk of certain cancers: thyroid cancer, non-Hodgkin lymphoma, and renal cancer.

Bads about Red Wine

1. Elevates triglyceride levels,

2. Increases risks of certain cancers: oral cancers, throat cancer, esophageal cancer, cancer of the rectum, liver cancer, and breast cancer.

3. Addiction: Of course, it may make you addicted to it which is the worst of all.

Drink in Moderation: Preferably not at all

Red wine’s potential heart-healthy benefits look promising. Those who drink moderate amounts of alcohol, including red wine, seem to have a lower risk of heart disease. However, more research is needed before we know whether red wine is better for your heart than are other forms of alcohol, such as beer or spirits.

Neither the American Heart Association nor the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute recommend that you start drinking alcohol just to prevent heart disease. Alcohol can be addictive and can cause or worsen other health problems.

Drinking too much increases your risk of high blood pressure, high triglycerides, liver damage, obesity, certain types of cancer, accidents and other problems. In addition, drinking too much alcohol regularly can cause cardiomyopathy — weakened heart muscle — causing symptoms of heart failure in some people. If you have heart failure or a weak heart, you should avoid alcohol completely. If you take aspirin daily, you should avoid or limit alcohol, depending on your doctor’s advice. You also shouldn’t drink alcohol if you’re pregnant. If you have questions about the benefits and risks of alcohol, talk to your doctor about specific recommendations for you.

If you already drink red wine, do so in moderation. Moderate drinking is defined as an average of two drinks a day for men and one drink a day for women. The limit for men is higher because men generally weigh more and have more of an enzyme that metabolizes alcohol than women do.

A drink is defined as 12 ounces (355 milliliters, or mL) of beer, 5 ounces (148 mL) of wine or 1.5 ounces (44 mL) of 80-proof distilled spirits.

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