We often see media releases regarding the topic of drinking wine and its health benefits. The issues have always been whether it is of benefit. Moncharm has created an easy read through guide to highlight key areas that show the main benefits of drinking wine.
A European old saying, states drinking a glass of wine helps you live longer. Is this statement true or false?
Answer : True
The consumption of a glass of wine promotes longevity. Drinkers of wines have a lower mortality rate compared to those that drink beer or spirits in fact the mortality rate is 34% percent.
Source: a Finnish study of 2,468 men over a 29-year period, published in the Journals of Gerontology, 2007.
Does drinking wine prevent heart attacks?
Answer : The answer here is whilst we cannot prevent heart attacks, drinking wine does reduce the chances of having a heart attack. Studies have shown that moderate drinkers suffering from high blood pressure are 30% less likely to suffer a heart attack than non drinkers.
Source: a 16-year Harvard School of Public Health study of 11,711 men, published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, 2007.
Does drinking wine lower the risk of heart disease?
Answer : This is a true statement as Red Wines Tannins contain Procyanidins which protect against heart disease. Wines from Sardinia and South West France contain more Procyanidins than other wines.
Source: a study at Queen Mary University in London, published in Nature, 2006.
Does drinking wine help prevent Diabetes?
Answer : Drinking wine moderately does help Diabetes. Studies have shown that moderate drinkers of wine have a 30% less risk then non drinkers of developing Type 2 Diabetes.
Source: research on 369,862 individuals studied over an average of 12 years each, at Amsterdam's VU University Medical Centre, published in Diabetes Care, 2005.
Does drinking wine lower the risk of a stroke?
Answer : True, moderate drinkers of wines are less likely to suffer a stroke than compared to nondrinkers. Research has shown the moderate drinkers consuming wine have a 50% chance of suffering a clotrelated stroke through alcohol consumption.
Source: a Columbia University study of 3,176 individuals over an eight-year period, published in Stroke, 2006.