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How good is that glass of wine?

We have all heard of the health benefits associated with drinking wine but drinking wine can also have some negative side effects. Studies show a few of the health benefits linked to drinking wine are helping increase HDL blood cholesterol and the prevention of bad cholesterol from forming, In addition there is a theory that resveratrol, a flavonoid found in grapes, and tannins, another phytonutrient in wine may increase the body’s clot dissolving enzyme.  When blood clots, there is a decrease in the blood flow which may lead to a heart attack or stroke.

Despite the studies that show there may be health benefits from drinking wine, the consensus nowadays is to limit consumption to no more than one drink for women and two drinks a day for men.  Drinking is associated with the increased risk for multiple health problems including high blood pressure, liver cirrhosis, allergic reactions, several types of cancer, sleep deficiency, breast cancer, brain damage, heart damage, inflamed pancreas, obesity, and as increased rate of general injuries. Let’s take a closer look at a few of these risks.

Heart Disease

Moderation is very important. To get enjoy the possible benefits of drinking, such as lowering the risk for heart disease it is recommended no more than one drink a day for women and two drinks per day for men.  Too much alcohol intake can lead to rise in blood pressure, result in heart failure or lead to a stroke. Additionally, high intake can result in increased triglycerides and an irregular heartbeat.


For many people, one glass of wine turns into a whole bottle. One 5 ounce glass of dry wine has on average about 100 calories. A 12 ounce wine cooler is higher with about 180 calories on average. But some fortified wines and dessert wines containing distilled spirits have even more calories. So while one or two glasses of wine at about 200 calories can fit into your daily caloric goals, keep in mind that drinking is linked to increase consumption of food and a decease rate of exercise. Half a bottle of wine everyday over a week period adds up to roughly 1,750 of mostly nutrient-free calories

Breast Cancer

There are more than 100 epidemiologic studies that have look at the association between alcohol consumption and the risk of breast cancer. These studies have consistently found an increased risk of breast cancer associated with increasing alcohol intake. Some studies have shown the risk of breast cancer is higher across all levels of alcohol intake for every 10 grams of alcohol consumed per day (slightly less than one drink per day)from  7 to 12 percent increase in breast cancer.

We all want to live longer and enjoy life. Drinking wine can be a healthy and safe part of that. So, to get have wine as a healthy part of your lifestyle and enjoy the possible health benefits of drinking wine one must stick to the recommended amounts.

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