wine

Maximizing Your Health With Wine: The Amount Vs. Type

Sunday, December 16, 2007 by: Lynn Berry
Tags: wine, heart disease, health news

eTrust Pro Certified

Most Viewed Articles
Popular on Facebook
BACK INTO THE CLOSET: Why U.S. reporters are not allowed to write about rainbow events in nations where being gay is still condemned
Depopulation test run? 75% of children who received vaccines in Mexican town now dead or hospitalized
A family destroyed: Six-month-old dies after clinic injects baby with 13 vaccines at once without mother's informed consent
Biologist explains how marijuana causes tumor cells to commit suicide
U2's Bono partners with Monsanto to destroy African agriculture with GMOs
Companies begin planting microchips under employees' skin
BAM! Chipotle goes 100% non-GMO; flatly rejecting the biotech industry and its toxic food ingredients
ECONOMIC SLAVERY FOR ALL: While we were distracted with the Confederate flag flap, Congress quietly forfeited our entire economic future via fast-track trade authority
NJ cops bust teenagers shoveling snow without a permit
Russia throws down the gauntlet: energy supply to Europe cut off; petrodollar abandoned as currency war escalates
McDonald's in global profit free fall as people everywhere increasingly reject chemically-altered toxic fast food
March Against Monsanto explodes globally... World citizens stage massive protests across 38 countries, 428 cities... mainstream media pretends it never happened
Chemotherapy kills cancer patients faster than no treatment at all
600 strains of an aerosolized thought control vaccine already tested on humans; deployed via air, food and water
Italian court rules mercury and aluminum in vaccines cause autism: US media continues total blackout of medical truth
The 21 curious questions we're never allowed to ask about vaccines
Vicious attack on Dr. Oz actually waged by biotech mafia; plot to destroy Oz launched after episode on glyphosate toxicity went viral
Orthorexia Nervosa - New mental disorder aimed at people who insist on eating a clean diet
Delicious
(NaturalNews) There are a number of studies showing the benefits of including wine in a healthy diet. The most recent is one conducted by the Karolinska Institute on 25,000 women in Sweden. This study looked at women that consumed fresh fruits and vegetables, wholegrain products, fish and half a glass of wine.

The benefits of this diet in the prevention of heart disease was significant. For example, non-smokers who also exercised cut their risk of heart disease by 90%. However, many other studies show an increase in alcohol related diseases including gastrointestinal, liver and pancreatitis.

The question is whether the half glass is helping prevent just one type of disease, but potentially increasing the risk of others. Or is it just the amount that is consumed, and if so do we need a prescription for alcohol?

First, the amount is certainly triggering the increase in alcohol related diseases and deaths. A US government site states that there are 75,000 deaths per year due to excessive alcohol use and this is binge drinking where 4 or more drinks are consumed at a time, see (www.cdc.gov/alcohol) .

Between 1970-1998 there was a 900% increase in cirrhosis (a liver disease) in under 45 year olds in the UK - reported by the Institute of Alcohol Studies, see (www.ias.org.uk). The liver is responsible for detoxifying the contents of the blood stream and when you consume over 4 glasses of wine per day it works overtime to clean up your system. If it works like this over a long period of time, the liver tires and may fail.

Second, we have to distinguish between the type of alcohol, and if the alcohol is wine, then the kind of wine. Certain red wines contain properties that aid in the prevention of heart disease and other ailments.

Dr. Roger Corder, a scientist at William Harvey Research Institute and author of The Red Wine Diet, found that some red wines contain flavonoid polyphenols called procyanidins. These procyanidins help protect our heart and prevent fatty deposits latching onto our arteries.

Red wines have significant fermentation time, 3 to 4 weeks, which allows time for the procyanidins to be extracted. Most wines are fermented in a week which leaves little or no procyanidins. Corder also found that some grapes, such as cabernet sauvignon, helped make wines that are rich in procyanidins.

The highest proportion of centenarians (those living over 100) in Europe live in Sardinia, an island off the west coast of Italy. The Sardinians drink wine which has the highest concentration of procyanidins in the world.

Corder lists locations that produce wines with high levels of procyanidins. South west France and Sardinia are top of the list. Wines elsewhere include the Australian wines - D'Arenberg Cabernet Sauvignon (McLaren Vale) and Wynns reds from the Coonawarra; and the US wines - Robert Mondavi Napa Valley Reserve from California and Matthew Cellars Red from Washington State.

Dr Serge Renaud studied 34,000 middle-aged French men of eastern France and reported that drinking 2-3 glasses of wine a day results in a 30 percent reduction in death rates from all ailments, a 35 percent reduction from cardiovascular disease, and an 18-24 percent reduction from cancer. Note that the diet in this region is high in saturated fats, and that they typically drink at mealtimes when alcohol is more easily absorbed.

Who is to say that if the women in the Karolinska study had a glass or two of procyanidin rich wine, whether that would have altered the figures.

Studies of diets and wine should say what kind of wine as it is clear that some are much better for you than others - those that contain procyanidins when drunk in moderation. To help us choose the right wine, perhaps a kind of rating is needed.

If wine is not your thing, then berries, apples, pomegranates, walnuts and chocolate (up to 25g daily) contain this property.


About the author

Lynn Berry is passionate about personal development, natural health care, justice and spirituality. She has a website at www.lynn-berry.com.

Join over four million monthly readers. Your privacy is protected. Unsubscribe at any time.
comments powered by Disqus
Take Action: Support NaturalNews.com by linking back to this article from your website

Permalink to this article:

Embed article link: (copy HTML code below):

Reprinting this article:
Non-commercial use OK, cite NaturalNews.com with clickable link.

Follow Natural News on Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus, and Pinterest

Colloidal Silver

Advertise with NaturalNews...

Support NaturalNews Sponsors:

Advertise with NaturalNews...

GET SHOW DETAILS
+ a FREE GIFT

Sign up for the FREE Natural News Email Newsletter

Receive breaking news on GMOs, vaccines, fluoride, radiation protection, natural cures, food safety alerts and interviews with the world's top experts on natural health and more.

Join over 7 million monthly readers of NaturalNews.com, the internet's No. 1 natural health news site. (Source: Alexa.com)

Your email address *

Please enter the code you see above*

No Thanks

Already have it and love it!

Natural News supports and helps fund these organizations:

* Required. Once you click submit, we will send you an email asking you to confirm your free registration. Your privacy is assured and your information is kept confidential. You may unsubscribe at anytime.