It’s safe to say that most of us enjoy a glass of the delightfully red colored stress reliever from time to time, but do we really know if red wine good for you like people claim? With the never-ending debate about whether or not drinking red wine benefits us, let’s take a closer look at some of the pros and cons associated with the regular consumption of it. From the antioxidants to its effects on cholesterol levels and heart health, this article will explore whether or not there are any real benefits when it comes to drinking red wine. So kick your feet up and let’s get right into it!
What Are The Health Benefits Of Red Wine?
To begin, red wine has long been known to have a reputation of having health benefits for those who consume it in moderation. Studies in the past have shown that with its high levels of antioxidants and polyphenols, red wine can both improve cardiovascular health and through the antioxidant resveratrol, potentially reduce the risk of certain types of cancer.
It has also been suggested that consuming a moderate amount of red wine can help regulate cholesterol levels and protect against some neurological diseases. Additionally, research indicates that drinking red wine in moderation may even help protect against obesity and type 2 diabetes. With all of that in mind, it can be argued that there is a compelling amount of studies and evidence supporting the claim that consuming red wine in moderation can provide numerous health benefits, making it a healthy option for alcohol consumption when out and about with friends.
What Are It’s Adverse Effects?
Understandably, consuming alcohol in large quantities will never be good for one’s health. It has been associated with the increased risk of developing high blood pressure and stroke, as well as liver disease. In addition, consuming large amounts of alcohol can negatively impact mental health by increasing anxiety levels and impairing mood regulation (yikes). Finally, drinking heavily on a regular basis will increase the likelihood of becoming addicted to alcohol or even making regrettable decisions like drunk calling an ex, or engaging in unsafe behaviors like drinking and driving.
As a rule of thumb, if you wish to avoid the risk of hypertension, liver disease, mental health issues, type 2 diabetes and stroke, don’t drink in excessive amounts. Pregnant women especially should pay close attention to what I’m about to say and avoid drinking red wine altogether due to potential adverse effects on the baby’s development. Although it is not clear how much alcohol must be consumed for the baby to feel negative effects, research suggests that it can increase the risk of premature delivery, abnormal facial features, behavioral problems, and much more. Moral of the story, if you’re expecting, don’t take the chance and stay off the stuff entirely.
To the surprise of some nay sayers and red wine drinking enthusiasts there are in fact both pros and cons associated with drinking the magic elixir. While studies do suggest that consuming moderate amounts of it may provide some benefits to one’s physical and mental health, it is important to remind yourself not to overindulge in order to avoid any serious complications down the road. To wrap up, being an adult is already stressful enough with the chaos that goes on but with the proper consideration into your individual medical history and lifestyle habits, you too can be saved with red wine in moderate consumption.
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