Wine and Dine


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Will drinking a glass of wine a day really improve your health? More specifically will it decrease your blood pressure? These are questions that have been asked for years without a definite answer coming to the surface.

 

I am 20; obviously under the drinking age in the US, so I haven't been able to test out this myth. Luckily there are scientists and volunteers who are able to experiment with wine to see if consuming it will cause blood pressure to drop. Red wine contains antioxidants known as polyphenols which could lower blood pressure, fight inflammation, and promote healthier cholesterol levels.

 

Recently scientists at the University of Barcelona conducted a study with 67 older men who were at risk for heart disease. The study required the men to drink the same amount of alcoholic red-wine, gin, and non alcoholic red wine. As it turned out only the non alcoholic red wine contained polyphenols, and accordingly the results showed that the men who drank it had their blood pressure drop. Those who drank the alcoholic beverages had no sufficient drop. So obviously people should drink non alcoholic red wine... right? Check out CNN to check out the study in more detail.

 

These researches who carried out the experiment concluded that the polyphenols helped to lower blood pressure by increasing the level of nitric oxide in the blood stream, thus, allowing for blood to flow more freely. Even with these findings doctors generally won't tell patients to drink red wine because of the negatives connected with alcohol. Also it isn't clear if similar experimental results will occur in healthier groups of people.

 

For now it still remains an unanswered question... Will a glass of wine a day keep the doctor away?

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This is a question I have always wondered about too! College students always hear so much about all the negative effects of alcohol, while these are tailored more to binge drinking, we never learn about the possible benefits. Obviously it wouldn't be appropriate to tell an underage student that "a glass of wine a day will keep the doctor away" but it could be true. I wonder if that test was double blind? If so the placebo effect could have caused the non-alcoholic wine drinkers blood pressure to drop because of previous assumptions that red wine is healthy in moderation. But then the men who drank alcoholic red wine should have had the same results based on the same assumptions.

I have heard this theory as well. After reading your article and searching additional articles on webMD, I think it is safe to say that red wine, in a designated amount can prove to be beneficial to one's health. The webMD article that I read also stated that red wine is a good product to help reduce high cholesterol but if consumed in large amounts it can have negative affects on our bodies. I am sure there is more research somewhere that has been done or is being done that can answer this question in full. Who wouldn't like to switch an apple a day for a glass of wine a day?

To answer your question I do think drinking wine would keep the doctor away. But idk could it have been the color or the wine that lower the blood pressure than the polyphenols?

This is a very interesting article. I have always heard that a glass of wine a day keeps the doctor away. I can't tell you how many times I have been around relatives at the holidays and they try to tell me that wine is actually good for you. Now, I will have a better response. If it is only the non-alcoholic red wine, then is there proof that the alcohol prevents the liquid from helping the body?

It is strange to me that this study focusses on non alcoholic wine.. I had heard of non alcoholic beer but never wine. Why did only the non alcoholic have polyphenols? Everything I have heard about the idea that wine in moderation is beneficial came from alcoholic wine. This ABC News segment helped explain this to me. If wine is beneficial, could other alcoholic beverages be beneficial too?

I read other red wine articles online and they all said about the same thing. I made a mistake; BOTH alcoholic red wine and NON alcoholic red wine contain polyphenols, however, alcohol limits the positive effects that polyphenols have on the body. Online sources say that drinking about 1 glass of red wine (preferably non alcoholic) per day is a good dietary step to take to help lower blood pressure and to increase HDL (good cholesterol). Like I stated previously there hasn’t been enough experiments/ research done on this topic for doctors to make final clinical decisions. There isn’t much information on if other non-alcoholic beverages have benefits, but I would say that if they contain antioxidants similar to those in red wine then they could provide a slight health advantage.

An article in Today Health explains the benefits of wine such as preventing heart problems and reducing our risk of cancer. The article then goes on to list some of the disadvantages of drinking wine including weight gain, high triglycerides, and increased risk of breast cancer in women. Sound a little contradicting? The first half of the article tells us all about how wine helps our heart, then mentions it can make us gain weight and be harmful for diabetics.. both cause heart problems. Under the title it states wine "prevents cancer," but it in fact increases the risk of breast cancer in females. I'm sure there are many more clear articles about this topic, but this one caught my eye because of it's blurred explanations. It talks in circles and leaves us with the same question we started out with. Is wine in fact beneficial to our health or not? This exemplifies why science is so hard for the media to convey to the public.

http://today.msnbc.msn.com/id/21478144/ns/today-today_health/t/wine-good-you/#.ULPUe7T3CqQ

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