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Drinking Wine: Health Do or Don't?

By Genevieve Cunningham

The holidays, a night out with friends, or a particularly special occasion … all of these are great reasons to break out a little wine and share amongst loved ones. Many people, though they indulge on occasions like this, try to keep the instances rare. Why? Because of their health. We've been told for years that alcohol and good health simply don't mix. But what if that's not quite the truth? If you like to pour a glass of wine and enjoy a little down time, take a look at this quick information guide on the good and bad of drinking wine.

The Advantages and Disadvantages of Wine

Let’s first peek at the possible advantages of indulging in a little wine. A few of the potential positive side effects include improved memory, a lowered risk of type 2 diabetes in premenopausal women, lower body fat percentage, and lowered risk of heart disease. On the opposite end of the spectrum, excessive wine consumption may lead to weight gain around the middle, impaired cognitive function, premature aging of the skin, and heightened risk of various diseases. With evidence on both sides, what seems to be the discrepancy? It seems as though the difference between gaining the benefits and harming your health lies all in the amount and the type.

Red vs. White

If you want to benefit from your wine consumption, it seems that the best choice is to drink red wine. While white is sweeter and lighter (making it a top choice for many), red wine contains more antioxidants, which is the key ingredient that leads to these benefits.

How Much Is Too Much?

So does this give us the all clear to drink a bottle of red every night? Not at all. To gain benefits without bringing harm, it’s best to limit consumption to no more than one glass per day. Any more than this, and you may lose any advantages and bring about problems to your health and well-being.

Much to the delight of many, wine may not be the enemy after all. As long as consumption is kept to a minimum, it may even be good for our health. Using a little self-discipline, you may be able to sip your favorite red for a nice and easy wind down and a little boost in health as well.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Nashville, Tenn.

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