It’s the holiday of cheer and all the festivities become a perfect excuse to drink and be merry. Another excuse to guzzle the booze is the supposed health benefits of moderate alcohol consumption. Ethanol is believed to increase HDL cholesterol, the good cholesterol, which decreases the incidence of cardiovascular diseases and lowers the risk of heart attacks.
Although any drink that contains alcohol has similar effects of increasing HDL levels, red wine is the drink of choice when it comes to getting the best health benefits. Red wine is the only one that contains flavanoids and resveratrol whose anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties are known to prevent cellular damage. Resveratrol also prevents the accumulation of fat and reduces insulin resistance lowering the risk of diabetes. Studies have also shown that resveratrol has anti-carcinogenic properties that promotes cancer cell death and inhibits certain enzymes.
Drinking alcoholic drinks, especially red wine, may be beneficial to one’s health but do remember to drink moderately. You really would not want to be sent to Alcohol rehabilitation after the holidays. To be on the safe side, take “moderately” to mean just 5 ounces (approximately 150ml) per day for women and 10 ounces for men.
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