White Wine's Influence on the Lungs

Jennifer Marie Jordan

Jennifer Marie Jordan has a vast knowledge of wine etiquette, and writes articles on everything from how to hold a glass of wine to how to hold your hair back after too many glasses.

For years now, we've been praising the health benefits of red wine, raising our glasses and toasting Merlot as bottles of white wine sit in the corner, fermenting with jealously. Because red wine has been known to have a positive impact on the human body, with particular profits to the cardiovascular system, we drink it and we heart it.

Glass of White Wine

Not to be outdone by its colorful adversary, studies have recently found white wine to be beneficial to health as well. While both red and white wine aid in lung function, white wine has a more positive impact on lung health.

According to a study by the American Thoracic Society, a positive link between white wine and lung health was found for people who drank between one and three glasses a day. These people possessed overall better lung function than those who drank red wine, or other alcoholic beverages. This study also took into account several other variables such as the wine drinker's general health, age, and whether or not they were a smoker.

Because white wine contains higher levels of flavonoids, a group of plant substances known for their antioxidant activity, researchers believe that white wine soaks up the toxins in the blood, like a "mop and glo" for the thorax, reducing inflammation of the airwaves in the process. This helps protect the lungs.

Drinking white wine may also be beneficial because of the presence of free radicals lurking in the human body. If antioxidants are the "peacekeepers" of the chemical compound world, with their main goal being to keep the body void of disease and destruction, free radicals are the bad seeds, often caught red handed spraying graffiti of cancer and illness on internal organs. Consumption of white wine, however, possesses the ability to stop the creation of free radicals, taking away their can of spray paint and leaving them enervated.

All of these factors add up to better lung function, with each glass increasing respiratory performance. According to a study at the University of Buffalo School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, one glass of white wine produced 1.5% higher lung function. Three glasses of white wine produced 3.0% higher lung function. This is not to say that people should be chugging gallons and gallons - huge amounts of white wine won't give people the ability to breathe underwater - but drinking white wine in moderation may make a human's lungs operate at a higher level of performance. This can, on average, add one to three more years to a person's life span.

With red wine bragging about its ability to lower cholesterol and lower blood pressure, white wine has been left in the shadows, unable to boast about a benefit of its own. But, with new studies, people are learning that white wine may be as beneficial as red, its benefits just involve a different organ. If our hearts belong to red wine, our lungs belong to white, allowing both white wine drinkers and bottles of overzealous Pinot Gris to breathe a little easier.

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  • Stephan says
    I'm eagerly awaiting the day that the health benefits of bourbon are revealed!! HAHAHA!
  • cobex says
    Really interesting especially for the inflammation which may be particularly useful to people who suffer form asthma or other respiratory diseases.
    Must go and have 3 glasses to improve my lung performance and bugger these exams
  • barnes10 says
    White Wine's Influence on the Lungs?? don't worry about that what about White Wines influence on my decision making during a heavy night on the Chardonnays and of course the influence on my head in the morning!.
  • Moz za says
    I love it when positive articles about my vices are published! Chocolate can be good for the heart, white wine can be good for the lungs - thanks getfrank, that's great news! Now just tell me something "bad" that is good for my brain and I'll add it to my list of vices!!!
  • Steff S says
    i once drank some white wine.. went down the wrong pipe and into my lungs. i still sitting there i think. not too sure about the health benefits, but wine only gets better with age.
  • Prettyboy says
    too be honest when I'm drinking booze I'm really not worried about it's benefits to my health. Enjoy the finer things in life in moderation of course and Life is meant to be enjoyed!
  • samala says
    It's a wonderful thing to find out that having a glass of red will help my heart and a glass of white will help my lungs and having both of these just made me less stressed and alot cheerier! Now to find a health benefit for whiskey so Iv got a good excuse for that one too! :-)
    My Auntie drank and smoked up until her dieing day at the good old age of 92, whereas her two brothers died in thier 70's but had given up drinking because of well - nagging wives! You have to wonder if they would have been around longer if they had kept having the odd drop or two. But then again they would have had to put up with 'the look' if they had!
  • Michael says
    that is good news - i'd drink whites over reds any time and it's good to know they are good for your health too! ;)
  • Wines do get better with age. I'm 43 and they're getting pretty bloody good.
  • gerryg says
    Always have liked the odd white.

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