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Is Wine Healthy?

By Rachel Carver

Coffee, tea, and water are our top beverages of choice. However, a recent survey found that over 69 percent of Americans have consumed alcohol during the last year. The amount consumed varies from one person to the next, and we all know what can happen when we drink too much.

For decades now, doctors and scientists have debated whether moderate drinking, particularly the consumption of red wine, is healthy. So is a glass or two of red wine actually good for you? Read on to find out.

Potential Wine Benefits

Observational research suggests moderate red wine consumption may be linked to health benefits, including a decreased risk of developing heart disease, high blood pressure, and type 2 diabetes. However, these studies are not conclusive. Many people who drink red wine may also follow the Mediterranean diet and make other lifestyle choices to decrease these risks.

Don't rely only on red wine to stay healthy. Follow a balanced diet. Be intentional about movement. We need a combination of good habits to stay healthy. Drink alcohol in moderation, and don't pick up the habit just because someone else drinks. At the end of the day, alcohol is still labeled as a toxin.

Women should stick with one alcoholic beverage per day, and men should not consume more than two alcoholic beverages per day. Drinking more than these amounts may cancel out any possible health benefits of moderate consumption.

What About Other Alcohol?

Wine is unique because it contains the antioxidant resveratrol. Beer and liquor do not contain this antioxidant. Antioxidants help the body release oxidative stress, decreasing your risk for conditions such as heart disease.

Because the science does not directly support the overall health of red wine, it is still better to consume red grapes or other foods high in antioxidants for the health benefits. And, even if you enjoy wine, a balanced diet is still important. A glass of wine should never take the place of a meal.

The Bottom Line

If you enjoy wine, don't worry. You do not have to ditch your favorite adult beverage. You can make wine a part of your healthy lifestyle. However, there's no evidence to support wine's effect on heart health. Enjoy your wine, but do so in moderation. And focus on incorporating fruits, vegetables, and other healthy foods into your diet.

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

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