The Unsung Benefits of Wine

If health came in a bottle, it would create mayhem at the local market. As people threw elbows and ran over one another with rabid shopping carts, bottles of health would fly off the shelves, secured in the clenched grip of hissing customers. People would push, shove, and use props - such as a crying child or a seeing-eye dog - to get their hands on this product. A bottle of health would be a best seller.

While it might not be a bottle of health, per say, a bottle of wine is the next best thing.

Those of us who are wine drinkers all know that red wine benefits the heart and white wine benefits the lungs. But, what we might not know is that the health benefits don't stop there - not even close. The health benefits of wine transcend the human body, refusing to develop a monogamous relationship with any one part.

The following is a list of the unobvious ways wine is helping you or has the potential to help you in the future. They all exist in an underground world of unsung wine benefits, where grapes anxiously wait for their day in the sun.

Extreme Weight Problems:
While the term "beer belly" may have given alcohol a bad rap when it comes to weight, wine is actually proven to help the severely overweight. In order for this to be true, dry wine, wine that does not contain sugar, needs to be ingested: four or five ounces are taken at dinnertime or bedtime. In one study, the average weight loss of those who ingested this wine was twice that of those who didn't. Along these lines, because wine helps with anxiety and ridding the body of tension, it has also helped those who suffer, on the other end of the weight spectrum, from anorexia.

Old Age: Old age is not a disease, but an affliction to our health nonetheless. Still, it's an affliction those of us in youth hope to someday procure. While growing old can bring about all kinds of problems, wine can aid in their relief. For starters, wine decreases the dependency on certain medications, particularly medications that relax and sedate people. Wine has also proven to increase appetites, self-esteem and social lives of those in old age.

Intelligence: On an average basis, people who moderately consume wine are of higher education levels than those who don't drink alcohol or drink far too much. This isn't to say that you should, Merlot in hand, roll your eyes at the idiocy of someone drinking a beer, but it's reassuring to know wine drinkers are in good, and smart, company.

Bone Strength: Bone strength may be of little concern to those who are young, but it's extremely important in advanced age: a skeletal build with low density will have a bone to pick with its owner when Osteoporosis sets in. Men and women who are moderate wine drinkers, however, generally have bones that are denser than non-drinkers: the greater the density, the less likely the fractures.

Cancer:
Red wine, filled with antioxidants, is proven to be a liquid nemesis of cancer, preventing it before it can fester. Packed with strong compounds, wine is laden with protective affects. In fact, the CDC found that women who averaged 12 glasses of wine per week were rewarded with an 83 percent decrease in endometrial cancer rates.

Kidney cancer, along these lines, seems to have found an enemy in alcohol. According to a study conducted in Sweden by Dr. Alicja Wolk of the Karolinska Institute, women who drank moderate amounts of alcohol had a 38 percent lower kidney cancer risk than those who didn't. For women 55 and older, the risk of kidney cancer was cut to 66 percent.

Diabetes: Type 2 diabetes, non-insulin diabetes that usually develops with age, is less likely to attack those who are moderate drinkers. Because the majority of people who get type 2 diabetes are women, a study was recently performed by Dr. Michael L. Bots at the University Medical Center Utrecht. During this study it was revealed that women who consumed 5 to 30 grams of alcohol per week were not as likely to develop type 2 diabetes as those who abstained completely.

While it is often lauded for the way it benefits the heart and the lungs, wine, the over achiever of alcohol, doesn't just stop there. From your mind to your ankle bone, wine provides a glassful of benefits. And, what's more, these are the only ones known so far. As the wine revolution gains even more ground, and more studies are performed, the benefits of wine may continue to be increasingly known, pouring good health on all who consume it.

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  • samala says
    Gosh so many health benefits, wish I had known these when my Grandad was around, could have had a great old time! I think a drink or two of anything can be good for the soul, after a stressful day of work or kids ( love them but why do they have to pick at the little bit of wallpaper until its a big rip? ) A drink or two at night seems to calm my nerves, and keep me sane anyway. :-)
  • Kiwi Gas says
    Oh I so want to believe Jennifer Jordan's tidings of joy - wine, the ultimate health tonic? Who'd have thought it?

    However, if Jordan's (no doubt industry-sponsored) prose is a little hard to swallow - and I assume she is advocating that we all swallow our Sav and Merlot rather than spit - think of the benefit to the nation every time you screw the top off of an Oyster Bay or Church Road. Our economy positively depends on it.

    There you go then. A bottle a day may not keep the Doctor away, but drinking it is helping to keep New Zealand Ltd in the black. How patriotic. Cheers!
    • Battler says
      spit, don't swallow
    • I hate it when your out and you have the best glass of wine but don't get to see the label to know what it is called and end up surfing the wine shelves for ages trying to find it again a good wine is unforggetable.
    • Ebbz says
      Tastes so good, it's gotta be good for ya :D
    • DOX says
      drink piss and smashbox!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    • Jean Luc says
      Imagine life withour wine! All the ponsoby snobbies, wont have anything to talk about!! hahahaha i love wine but Pinor Gries or Pinot Noir all the rest are rubbish
    • Bobby says
      Or it could aggravate a liver problem on a long term basis... not to pop the pretty pink bubble or anything.
    • Battler says
      the most obvious benefit failed to appear in this article... the more wine you drink the better looking the opposite sex gets, it's magic!
    • leah says
      Before you get TOO excited, this article does mention the word "moderate" four times. Moderate drinking, a concept seemingly alien to a large proportion of many New Zealanders, perhaps does have some health benefits. But looking for a positive spin on excessive drinking may be a bit of a long stretch, to say the least.
    • Keynah says
      wow! if thats the truth i am going to get me a case of red & white wine to stock in my cupboards immediately! ;)

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