It’s Fine to Have (A Glass of) Wine

Recent studies have found there are many benefits drinking a glass of wine a day have, specifically red wine. In a perspective cohort study, it was proven that intake of red wine was associated with lower risk of stroke. This study was explained by the authors Guohua Cao and Ronald Prior who wrote the article “Red Wine in Moderation: Potential Health Benefits Independent of Alcohol.” This article also notes that 13,329 people were demonstrated in this study, creating a broad area of proof that red wine decreases risk of stroke.  

Nurse Practitioner Krizia Robledo, who specializes in neurology, explains this proof. Robledo describes red wine as an anticoagulant, meaning that red wine has the capability of thinning blood. When blood thins, there is less risk of blood clots in the brain, thus less risk of someone having a stroke.

Additionally, red wines are filled with an ingredient known as flavonoids. Cao and Prior explain that flavonoids are chemicals in red wine that are derived from red grape skins and seeds. The authors continue to explain that certain flavonoids are present in these specific wines. Anti-allergic, anti inflammatory, antiviral and anti carcinogenic are all flavanoid activities composed in red wine.

Similar to the anticoagulant aspect of the wine, red wine also has the capabilities of inhibiting platelet aggregation and to relax blood vessels. This phenomenon is explained by Cao and Prior. In relaxed blood vessels, the heart muscles are working significantly less, yielding lower levels of Cardiovascular Heart Disease (CHD).  Darilyn Rogers, Licensed Practical nurse explained that her clinical doctor, for whom she works, often recommends patients with pre existing heart problems to drink one glass of wine every evening. After asking LPN Rogers if this “prescription” of drinking a glass of wine an evening seemed to help she replied with an affirmative “yes!” Rogers explained that patients, who began drinking a glass of red wine daily, were examined with results of overall lower blood pressure. Coincidentally, Cao and Prior of the article, describe that “France has been well known for its highest wine intake and second lowest CHD mortality rate among developed countries.”

Previously stated, red wines have anti carcinogen activities within its flavonoids. Robledo, Nurse Practitioner of Neurology explains that resveratrol is one of the most studied flavonoids. What resveratrol is, is a preventative of free radicals. Free radicals are damaging body cells; these damaging body cells are inclusive of cancer cells.

Red wines are proven to obtain a plethora of benefits in relation to the human body. Adversely, medical professionals also warn against heavy consumption of wine. Cao and Prior explain “It may be wise for some people to obtain red wine flavonoids through the consumption of fruits and vegetables that contain these phytochemicals.” Cao and Prior, authors of the article, also warn that people with families of alcoholism should be very aware in their decision to drink. If it is known that alcoholism runs in the family, it can be genetically inherited to offspring. Robledo also warns that ‘many’ glasses of red wine per night is not recommended and a person must practice safe drinking. 

All in all, red wine may be observed as sort of medicinal purpose for some. “It is important,” LPN Rogers states, “that our patients understand that is specifically one glass of red wine that we are prescribing our patients to drink.” White wine does not obtain the same benefits as red wine. Cao and Prior describe the main difference between red and white wine is that white wine is mainly prepared from the juice. Whereas red wine is prepared from the skins and seeds, like previously stated; and that is what enables red wine capable of medicinal benefits- “Red Wine in Moderation: Potential Heath Benefits Independent of Alcohol.”

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