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Wait…So Wine is Good for Your Health Again?
How many times have you watched some healthy looking guy raise his glass of wine at a party and refer to it as, “the nectar of the gods?” With an endorsement like that who could resist?
Though alcohol’s primary purpose is that of a social lubricant used to unwind and connect with people, red wine made the crossover to medicinal magician in the 1990’s thanks to the discovery of one natural compound: resveratrol.
Pouring Wine and Confusion
Resveratrol is found in certain foods such as fruits, nuts and red wine. The compound itself proved beneficial in the prevention of heart disease and lowering bad cholesterol.
And with extended research, this wonder juice was credited with the prevention of dementia, cancer, slowing the aging process and regulating blood sugar. Armed with this data, doctors blindly began encouraging patients to “Drink up!”
Taking things even further, researchers like the University of Alberta’s Jason Dyck claim that red wine might be the next great natural performance enhancer.
However, these pro-wine studies conflict with reports published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Alcohol Program. In fact, according to the CDCs research, drinking certain amounts of alcohol over a period of time can lead to cancer, heart disease and muscle deterioration.
How’s that for “healthy” wine?
So What’s the Truth?
The truth is that there is no truth. Well, there’s no one truth for everyone, that is.
For example, let’s say you have a peanut allergy. Suddenly, peanuts begin to dominate the health article circuit, being touted as the “next great healing agent.” Despite any potential benefits, your doctor understands the danger of an allergic reaction and would never advise you to “Eat up!” Unfortunately, doctors aren’t as well-versed and united in their theories of alcohol intake as they are regarding peanuts.
From a purely scientific standpoint, the data appears to imply that a glass of red wine is good for your heart, blood sugar or physical stamina. However, there’s a wealth of unique and individual factors that simply can’t be discarded.
Take a Personal Inventory
There are more accurate ways of determining whether or not a glass of red wine is “good” for your health. A few of those factors include:
- A family history of alcoholism
- Behavioral changes brought on by drinking
- Anything in your life becoming unmanageable when alcohol enters the picture
Alcohol affects people differently. Saying a glass of wine is “healthy” for everyone is a dangerous assumption – especially among those with a history of alcoholism. Looking at the big picture, there are plenty of different (and healthy) ways to care for your mind, body and spirit…so watch out for those false gods.
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