Is A Glass Of Wine Per Day Good For You?


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We've all heard that wine can be healthy for you, but what exactly does it help, and is it even really true?

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Wine supposedly boosts your brain power. A recent study published in The New England Journal of Medicine evaluated more than 12,000 women ages 70-81 on their mental functions. They evaluated women who drank one glass of wine per day compared to women who didn't drink at all. Surprisingly, they found a boost in brain power in the women who had a glass of wine per day. The results were that the women who had one glass of wine per day had a 23% reduced risk of mental decline as compared to the women who did not drink. This study seems pretty well done to me and doesn't seem like there are many flaws.

Researchers from Rutgers University did another study based upon the effects wine can have on brain power. The lead researcher, Megan Anderson, a graduate in the university department of neuroscience and cell biology, used rats in her experiment instead of just basing her studies off of humans. She had two groups of rats; the sober rats, and the rats who consumed alcohol on a daily basis. The rats that consumed the alcohol consumed an amount of alcohol similar to that of two glass of wine per day for human females. In the long term, it showed that the number of nerve cells in the hippocampus, a part of the brain, were decreased by nearly 40% compared to the sober rats. This study was available in The Journal of Neuroscience, and also seems like a well organized experiment to me. The only thing I wonder about is the fact that the effect alcohol has on humans might be a little different than the effect it has on rats.

What you might take away from this is that the right amount of wine per day might be beneficial in the long run, but too much can be more of a health hazard than health benefit. What do you think? Can there be a way that wine is good for you? Or do you think drinking has no good benefits whatsoever?

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I think that wine could definitely be good for you as long as long as you don't over use it. According to this article there are a couple of studies that show that drinking wine could possibly reduce or stop fat cells from forming. I think that a glass of wine a day should probably be beneficial to your health.
Definitely drinking like some college kids do (can't remember last night) is not good at all. Wine has to definetly have some health benefits as long as it is not over done... like more then a glass or more.
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10000872396390444709004577649670347742602.html
this one had some benefits of drinking red wine - http://www.everydayhealth.com/longevity/is-red-wine-good-for-you.aspx What do you think?

WIne can definitely be a plus. It is enjoyable and apparently stimulates neurological health. However, it apparently can also improve heart health. According to Mayo Clinic, red wine contains a chemical known as Resveratrol. Resveratrol helps stop damage to red blood cells, thus reducing clots and bad cholesterol. The full article is listed below.

http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/red-wine/HB00089

I think too much of anything is a health hazard. Here’s what’s considered safe and effective:
Men: No more than two drinks per day.
Women: No more than one drink per day.
One drink is defined as a 5-ounce glass of red or white wine, 12 ounces of regular beer (1 bottle) or 1.5 ounces of 80-proof distilled spirits.
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Though wine has it's obvious benefits I think it's important to look at the risk associated with it. Since everybody has a different health and body it's imperative to get informed about the positives and negatives. The MSNBC source link above is very useful and it gives a summary of both sides. But basically if you have diabetes you should avoid wine because it has high triglycerides. It can also lead to weight gain, migraines and an increased risk to breast cancer. It doesn't say by how much but studies have shown that alcohol can increase estrogen levels and raise tumor progression.

I think too much of anything is a health hazard. Here’s what’s considered safe and effective:
Men: No more than two drinks per day.
Women: No more than one drink per day.
One drink is defined as a 5-ounce glass of red or white wine, 12 ounces of regular beer (1 bottle) or 1.5 ounces of 80-proof distilled spirits.
source
Though wine has it's obvious benefits I think it's important to look at the risk associated with it. Since everybody has a different health and body it's imperative to get informed about the positives and negatives. The MSNBC source link above is very useful and it gives a summary of both sides. But basically if you have diabetes you should avoid wine because it has high triglycerides. It can also lead to weight gain, migraines and an increased risk to breast cancer. It doesn't say by how much but studies have shown that alcohol can increase estrogen levels and raise tumor progression.

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