Wine is bottled poetry. – Robert Louis Stevenson
For those who do not consume alcohol, this post does not support or promote Alcoholism.
On the other hand, if you do drink, men are recommended to stick to two drinks per day and women one per day.
A serving of wine is 150ml. Excess alcohol gets stored as triglycerides in our body and, according to the association, people with high triglyceride levels tend to have high cholesterol levels and are at an increased risk of heart disease. Drinking too much alcohol can also lead to alcoholism, high blood pressure, obesity, stroke, cancer, suicide, and unnecessary accidents.
To WINE or NOT TO WINE
This is a question asked time and again and wouldn’t we all like this answered by experts?
Benefits of Saponin
Wine contains plant compounds called saponins which work in your body similar to cholesterol-lowering medications. Bile acids secreted by our Bile glands, typically enable cholesterol to be reabsorbed by our body. Saponins bind together with bile acids and cholesterol and stop cholesterol from being reabsorbed by ensuring that it is excreted from our body. Studies have shown that Red wine contains 3 to 10 times the amount of this plant compound, compared to other wines.
Grapes used to make wine contain a polyphenol called resveratrol. According to a
study published in 2008 in “Nutrition Research,” resveratrol lowers LDL Low-Density Lipoproteins and prevent our blood platelets from merging, thereby reducing our risk
of heart disease or a stroke. The Linus Pauling Institute states that research is inconsistent whether red wine is more beneficial than any other form of alcohol in protecting our heart.
The institute also makes note that one to two glasses of red wine doesn’t provide us with
enough resveratrol to protect our heart because this compound gets quickly metabolized
and eliminated from our body.