Why Should You Drink Red Wine?

Health Benefits of Red Wine

For many years, we have heard about the health benefits of wine – preferably in moderation. In fact, even scripture states, “A little wine is good for the stomach” (I Timothy 5:23). But only in more recent years have there been studies done that back this up. Yes, there has been much proof around us and even historical references as to the medicinal value of wine, but how much difference wine can make to your health has not always been understood.

Before going too far into the discussion of the benefits of wine, let’s first address the matter of moderation. It should be noted that as with many other things in life, moderation is the key. According to the Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2010, women could have one drink daily, while men could have two. The UK’s National Health Service deems moderation by saying, “Men should not have more than 4 units (1 unit equals 5 oz.) in any given day; women no more than 3 units in any given day. And, ideally, one should have at least 2 days a week where wine is not consumed.”

So, now that we have moderation settled, we can ask the question: Is wine consumption truly good for you? Here are some positive reasons from the medical professional as to wine should be a part of one’s life.

  • Scientist from the University of Leicester, UK found that moderate red wine consumption can reduce the rate of bowel tumors (i.e. colon cancer) by approximately 50%.
  • The BMC Medicine group (Spain) found that men and women who drank between two and seven glass of wine a week were less likely to be diagnosed with depression.
  •  A team from Loyola Medical Center found that moderate red wine drinkers had a 23% lower risk of developing dementia than those who never or rarely consume wine.
  • Researchers at Cedars- Sinai in Los Angeles found that while most alcoholic beverages increase the risk of breast cancer, red wine has the opposite affect resulting in a lower risk of breast cancer. It was concluded that this is because the skins and seeds of the red grapes reduces estrogen levels while raising testosterone. It is the higher levels of estrogen that can lead to breast cancer.
  •  The researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis found that red wine could stop the out-of-control blood vessel growth in the eye; the excessive growth leads to blindness.
  • Scientists at John Hopkins have found that red wine can protect the brain from stroke damage.
  • A study by Harvard found that men who are moderate red wine drinkers are less likely to develop prostate cancer.

Red wine is the perfect choice of drink with your meal, and even better, it has a number of health benefits. So, is wine good for you? Yes. Just keep in mind, that moderation is the key.

The Bear Claw Vineyards team is happy to know that not only will we be offering great tasting Georgia wines, but that these wines are good for you, too. We can’t wait to be able to raise a glass with you and introduce you to our wines. Look for us in 2018, as we unveil our Bear Claw Vineyards red wines. 

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