a scientific review published recently in the
British Medical Journal Harvard researchers
looked at 42 studies and concluded that regularly
consuming alcohol in moderation equalled a 24.7
percent reduction in heart-disease risk.
drink is best?
has found that any alcoholic drink (beer, wine
or spirits), when consumed in moderation, can
raise your "good" HDL cholesterol
levelsthus helping inhibit the onset of
heart disease. However, red wine has been found
to contain other health-giving compounds which
make it especially good for your health.
other alcoholic drinks, red wine is a rich source
of a special group of phytochemicals
called phenolic compounds, which are found
in grape juice and particularly grape skin. These
compounds, which give grapes their color and flavor,
have been shown to reduce the artery-clogging
properties of LDL cholesterol, as well as reduce
the formation of blood clots and inhibit cancer
tumor growth. And phenolic compounds have a duel
role because they also work as powerful antioxidants,
mopping up potentially dangerous free radicals
which can destroy healthy cells, speed up the
aging process and increase your risk of heart
disease and cancer.
is why, out of all alcoholic beverages, red wine
has been found to be the most protective. In one
study, for example, Danish researchers followed
more than 13,000 people over 10 years and found
that teetotalers had twice the risk of dying from
heart disease as people who drank a moderate amount
of red wine every day.
much is too much?
alcohol certainly has its advantages, experts
point out that there's only a small window of
opportunity for deriving positive effectsthis
means that moderation is the key word.
Studies have shown that around two drinks a day
for men, and one drink for women are the maximum
limit before the advantages of alcohol start turning
into disadvantages. These are some of the risks
of excessive drinking:
disease. If alcohol is consumed regularly
in large amounts it can lead to a number of serious
liver complaints such as cirrhosis of the liver,
alcoholic hepatitis and liver cancer.
Mouth and throat cancer. High levels of
alcohol consumption increases the risk of cancers
of the mouth, throat and tongue.
Stroke. Heavy drinkers are more susceptible
to high blood pressure and they are more likely
to suffer a stroke.
Depression. A high level of alcohol intake
can result in depression, memory loss and mental
Digestive disorders. Heavy drinkers may
suffer from digestive tract diseases including
gastritis, pancreaitis and cancer of the upper
thing to remember is that alcohol is fairly high
in calories, which means that if you consume too
much alcohol you could easily gain weight.
course it's important to note that these down
sides only come about when you consume too
much alcohol. If you follow the example of
Mediterranean and Asian cultures and consume alcohol
in moderation (around 1-2 drinks a day), preferably
with meals, then you only have to look forward
to the benefits.
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