Wine for Health

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     We’ve all been hearing a lot about the health benefits of wine these days.  Actually, the medical profession has known for thousands of years that wine has a lot of beneficial properties and uses.  Even as far back as biblical times we’re told that Jesus turned water to wine.  This could have been due to the fact that wine was much safer than most of the drinking water in that era.  But, he did it, and we know that wine was regularly consumed by most people then, even by the economically distressed, and they all supposedly lived for hundreds of years.

     Still yet in more modern times there was an entire medical generation that had their wine information censored and suppressed due to Prohibition.  They became the teachers for the next generation of medical healers.  Thus, they conveyed no knowledge about the healthful benefits of wine to them.

     Wine is quite possibly the oldest remedy still in use.  Many studies have shown that women who regularly and moderately consume wine have a lesser chance of having kidney stones.  Moderate wine amounts have been associated in a reduction in the incidence of stroke risks.  Components that are presumed to prevent cardiovascular disease are flavonoids and tannins, both of which are contained in wine.  Also, its alcohol content along with the naturally occuring plant compounds, (phytochemicals), have been shown to reduce certain cancers and slow down the progression of degenerative disorders such as Alzheimers or Parkinsons Diseases.  Small amounts of alcohol can raise good cholesterol and thin blood, a primary cardiovascular benefit of wine.

     Red wine contains resveratrol and quercetin, ingredients that may boost immune systems and even prolong life.  Wine serves to reduce tension and anxiety, it is a natural, although mild, tranquilizer.  Wine provides energy, helps digestion and has a small amount of vitamins and minerals.  All in all wine is a good thing with the key to its beneficial aspects being regularity and moderation.  Moderation cannot be emphasized enough because over-consumption can be potentially much moer harmful than totally abstaining.

     Moderation consists of safe and effective drinking.  A drink is approximately 5-6 ounces of wine.  Men should consume no more than two of these size drinks per day with women only indulging in one drink per day.

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