Is Red wine good for you?
To have or to have not
After a tough day, I often look forward to a relaxing glass of Pinot Noir.
Recently though, after a health scare, my partner gave up alcohol almost entirely, apart from the odd glass of wine.
So it made me think whether I was now tasked with the difficult job of drinking for both of us!
We are told that everything in moderation is okay, so I figured that the odd glass of red should be okay, but it seems there are definite pros and cons associated with an enjoyable glass of wine.
Pros of Red Wine
Red wine is considered to be one of the healthiest alcoholic drinks that you can consume. Here are some of the benefits researched if drunk in moderation.
- Could reduce the risk of heart disease.
- Reduces signs of aging – Scientists claim that Resveratrol, which exists in the skin of red grapes and gives the fruit its colour, could stop brain cells from breaking down as we get older.
- Good for our skin- Organic red wines especially are filled with flavonoid, resveratrol, and tannin and are considered components good for the skin.
- Improves brain function – While drinking excessive amounts of red wine will definitely not help your mental processes, if you drink in moderation, you are less likely to have symptoms of mental illnesses.
- A natural sunscreen – Red wine is full of amino acids that contribute to the protection of your skin from the harmful rays of the sun. These amino acids also help boost skin renewal which makes your skin want to fight off the sun rays that cause damage. Sunscreen is always recommended though.
- Enhanced mental health- Pinot Noir which is rich in resveratrol, has been associated with decreases in metabolic syndrome, improved cholesterol levels, and even enhanced mental health.
Cons of Red Wine
- Could disrupt your sleep and leave you feeling a little more tired than usual.
- The calories contained in the wine might add centimeters to your waist if you are regularly drinking too much red wine or any alcohol for that matter.
- Could over-stress you, even though it might seem relaxing – A moderate intake of alcohol should not trigger adrenal fatigue, but alcohol has been shown to increase cortisol levels. If you’ve had a tough day and it helps calm you down, then it seems okay to have a glass.
- Increases cancer risk – Studies have shown evidence that cancer risk may rise when people drink more than one drink per day, but the increase is modest. The study found that heavy drinkers were most at risk.
- If you have existing health issues it could make them worse.
Red face when drinking red wine
If you are prone to getting a flushed face when drinking red wine you are not alone –Scientists estimate that there are at least 540 million people worldwide with an ALDH2 deficiency.
Read more here
Red nose from red wine
“Red nose” or “drinkers nose” is apparently not from drinking too much red wine.
There is a misconception that if you drink too much wine you will get a “drinker’s nose” or “alcohol nose” which is actually known as rhinophyma, a side effect of rosacea.
Read more about Rosacea here
Well, I guess it is a personal choice and should be an equally informed one. Everything should be taken in moderation, so that is certainly a key factor to continuing to enjoy a nice glass of red wine.
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