Wine Institute- Wine Specific Research
UC Davis- Wine & Heart Disease
Wine health labels approved
Health NewsFeed #427 WINE AND CANCER
|Around the world, from the US, France, Japan and many other countries,
have proved that wine, especially red wine, is good for your health ! Red
wines raise the levels of "good" HDL cholesterol in your blood
while also lowering the levels of "bad" LDL cholesterol in your
blood. The result is that people who drink red wine have fewer heart
attacks and strokes. Recent reports from the UK suggest wine can prevent
the common cold and the American Cancer Society reported that red wine
drinkers are subject to 15 -20% fewer deaths from all causes !
Of course too much wine is bad, particularly for the liver, so how much is
just right ??? Most reports suggest between two to four glasses per day is
- Winemakers Emporium Discussion
As per the wine institute in a recent article, wine-specific research
has reported some special benefits for those who drink moderately. A
recent study, for example, found that both red and white wine effectively
wipe out bacteria responsible for food poisoning, outperforming even
bismuth salicylate, the active ingredient in Pepto Bismol. Another study
from a Harvard research team recently reported that wine, among a field of
21 beverages, was most strongly associated with a decreased risk for the
formation of painful kidney stones. A 1990 analysis of beverage
preferences and medical records of 53,000 people enrolled with the Kaiser
Permanente Health Plan in California found that wine drinkers smoke less,
are less likely to be overweight or to have a history of drinking
problems, and are at a reduced risk for many health problems
The greatest benefit; 49 percent reduction in
mortality, was associated with drinking three to five glasses of wine a
day, considerably more than the one to two drinks a day generally
recommended by the American health experts
As found in many other studies, the greatest benefit to wine drinkers
was a decreased risk of dying of cardiovascular diseases. Another large
study has highlighted the potential benefits of alcohol to health and
longevity. But unlike previous studies, this on showed that only wine, not
beer and hard liquor, was associated with a longer life, and that its
apparent protective effect was far greater than what had been found
Who should not drink?
Some people should not drink alcoholic beverages at all. These include:
- Children and adolescents.
- Individuals of any age who cannot restrict their drinking to
moderate levels. This is a special concern for recovering alcoholics
and people whose family members have alcohol problems.
- Women who are trying to conceive or who are pregnant. Major birth
defects, including fetal alcohol syndrome, have been attributed to
heavy drinking by the mother while pregnant. While there is no
conclusive evidence that an occasional drink is harmful to the fetus
or to the pregnant woman, a safe level of alcohol intake during
pregnancy has not been established.
- Individuals who plan to drive or take part in activities that
require attention or skill. Most people retain some alcohol in the
blood up to 2-3 hours after a single drink.
- Individuals using prescription and over-the-counter medications.
Alcohol may alter the effectiveness or toxicity of medicines. Also,
some medications may increase blood alcohol levels or increase the
adverse effect of alcohol on the brain.
"There are more old wine drinkers than old
doctors." - German Proverb