20health Benefits of Drinking Wine

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“20 Health Benefits of Drinking Wine” is presented by

Shyam Gokarn
June 2009

Advice for Today The information in this article is for educational purposes only. Wine should be enjoyed in a responsible manner as part of a well balanced lifestyle by healthy adults who choose to drink. "If you drink alcoholic beverages, do so in moderation, with meals, and when consumption does not put you or others at risk.”

Is wine good for you? In moderation and as part of an overall healthy diet, the short answer is, yes! However, the amount of wine you drink matters tremendously. Don’t drink too much, but then again, don’t drink too little." In moderation, a glass or two can help your heart, prevent cancer and more. Here is good
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The recent wealth of data should give us more confidence in a cause and effect relationship, but we are not nearly to the point of "proof." It took decades and hundreds of studies before the Surgeon General was willing to declare that smoking causes cancer.] But it has been less clear just how alcohol works to protect the body against heart disease and death. A new study from researchers at the University Hospital of Zurich, Switzerland. identifies a mechanism for how alcohol favorably effects arterial muscle cells. According to Wilhelm Vetter, M.D., and colleagues, alcohol, when consumed around mealtime, reduces the proliferation of smooth muscle cells (SMC) within the arteries. SMC growth is a key element in the development of atherosclerosis, which commonly leads to heart attacks and strokes.

The study found that the ingestion of alcohol equivalent to two glasses of wine with a high-fat meal resulted in a 20% decrease in the growth of arterial muscle cells. Several researchers have suggested that the apparent health benefits of wine ingested at mealtime may be due to the ability of alcohol and other phenolic compounds in wine to counter adverse effects of fatty foods during the critical digestive phase. Renaud has written of the positive effect of wine during meals on platelet aggregation, finding that wine "consumed with meals is absorbed more slowly and thus has a prolonged effect on blood

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