April 23rd, 2010 19:36 EST
Wine Really Is Good For Your Health
According to The Today Show`s expert nutritionist and diet editor; Joy Bauer MS, RD, CDN, regularly drinking wine in moderation is not only OK, it`s actually good for you and can help you to prevent various catastrophic illnesses, from numerous types of cancer to various forms of heart disease!
Apparently, both the alcohol content itself, as well as the naturally occurring phyto-chemicals " or organic plant compounds, found in wine, have been clinically proven to reduce the risk of various forms of heart disease and cancer, as well as effectively slow the progression of numerous neurological and degenerative disorders such as Alzheimer`s and Parkinson`s Disease.
However, too much of a good thing can potentially turn a delicious, life enhancing and sustaining celestial elixir into something a little more like danger, so over-drinking the fruit of the vine can prove to be detrimental to both your health and safety.
As with anything wonderful in life, All Things Within Measure Should Be The Motto Of The Day, as alcohol abuse is a complex, slippery slope that can sneak up on those who use their vino " to escape problems and mask feelings.
Basically, as a general rule of thumb, two glasses per day seems to be the optimum number to aim for, without having to pull out the calculator and mathematically take into account factors like body weight, how much you`ve eaten before drinking, your metabolism, etc.
Also keep in mind that we are talking about the traditional sized 5 to 6 oz. wine glasses when we speak of a drink, not 12 to 16 oz. glass.
For years, medical researchers have documented that moderate amounts of alcohol can be very helpful in raising your HDL (Good Cholesterol) while naturally thinning your blood, thereby, helping to lower your blood pressure.
Meanwhile, naturally occurring, organic phytochemicals " that are found in wine, such as flavanoids and resveratrol, act as powerful antioxidants and prevent molecules known as free radicals " from causing dangerous cellular damage in the body.
Resveratrol has also been shown to prevent blood clotting and plaque formation in arteries by altering one`s lipid profiles and plasma viscosity. Resveratrol also produces extremely potent anti-thrombotic agents that can potentially improve cardiovascular health and lower the risk for coronary heart disease and in some studies, successfully helped to reduce tumor incidence and hindering the body`s development of cancer.
Because the skins are left on the grapes during the fermentation process, red wines will naturally contain more Resveratrol than white wines. Also, when comparing red to red " and white to white, " those wines produced in cooler climates will naturally have more resveratrol than wines from warmer climates. Therefore, those red wines hailing from cool climates will quite logically have the most resveratrol.
Signing off at Pigging out!
Rocco "Boss Hog" Loosbrock