Tuesday, September 21, 2010

The Benefits of Wine

Can drinking wine really make a big difference? According to the American Heart Association, the health benefits you can get come from moderate wine consumption which is one or two four-ounce glasses daily.
  • It promotes longevity. Wine drinkers have 34% lower mortality rate than beer or spirit drinkers. Source: A study showed this and published at the Journals of Gerontology, 2007.
  • It reduces heart attack risk. Those moderate drinkers with high blood pressure are 30% less likely to have a heart attack than non drinkers. Source: published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, 2007.
  • It lowers risk of heart disease. Red wine tannins contain procyanidins that protect against heart disease.
  • It reduces risk of type 2 diabetes. Moderate drinkers have 30% less risk than non drinkers of developing type 2 diabetes.
  • It lowers risk of stroke. Blood clot related stroke suffering drops by about 50% in people who consume moderate amounts of alcohol.
  • It cuts risk of cataracts. Moderate drinkers are 32% less likely to get cataracts than non drinkers; those who consume wine are 43% less likely to develop cataracts than those beer drinkers.
  • It cuts risk of colon cancer. Moderate red wine consumption cuts the risk of colon cancer by 45%.
  • It slows brain decline. Brain function declines at a faster rate in non-drinkers than in moderate drinkers.