Too much of beer or wine and you become mentally impaired, your physical performance is greatly compromised and you are more susceptible to various lifestyle diseases.
But that is just if you consume it on the negative extreme. On the other hand, a moderate consumption of alcohol could do your health better than just abstaining explicitly. Yes, your health can benefit from alcohol consumption.
Alcoholic substances, rather beer and wine, supplies your body averages seven calories per every gram you consume. How this benefits you depends on several factors, one being how much alcohol you consume.
Does beer or wine have any health benefits?
Consumption of moderate amounts of alcoholic substances such as beer and wine, helps thin your blood.
In the process preventing cardiovascular diseases and related conditions. Many research studies illustrate that coronary heart disease incidents are lower among moderate alcohol consumers. In fact, such studies have gone further and illustrated that moderate drinkers are much less at risk of cardiovascular diseases than both heavy drinkers and those who do not take any alcohol at all.
For wine, research demonstrates that a cup/glass of wine a day, specifically red wine and not white wine, lowers the risk of heart attack. This effect though, only seems to occur more in men above 50 years.
It is also illustrated that when more than one cup is exceeded, mortality rate and susceptibility risks increase.
Wine, contains antioxidants such as flavonoids, found in grapes, which prevent free radicals which are harmful molecules from damaging your cells. Beer is also rich in vitamin composition especially of the group B. Together with other minerals such as magnesium found in beer; they benefit your health through powerful oxidation effects.
Consumption of alcohol is heavily associated with cholesterol accumulation in the body. That is a fact, but only when consumption is above moderate.
Alcohol does supply your body with empty calories; calories without nutritional value. If consumed more than moderate, it does alter the metabolic process especially when combined with fats, carbohydrates and/or proteins. This alteration leads to storage of fat within the body.
Though this is true, alcohol consumed moderately raises your good cholesterol levels; type HDL as opposed to the bad cholesterol, type LDL.
Both beer and wine also do help reduce and prevent the formation of kidney stones.
Caused by accumulation of substances in the urinary tract, moderate drinking helps prevent calculi formation. Though substances such as magnesium that are found in alcohol block the urinary tract, in moderation, alcohol does more of prevention.
Wine does help your health. It has low levels of protein fibrinogen. These low levels support your blood clotting ability. Together with other compounds that you should have in your blood, these fibrinogen help you avoid hemorrhages and other blood disorders.
Wine also helps prevent attacks on the arteries such as arteriosclerosis, which is the hardening of the arteries.
The twist in alcohol consumption is that in both extremes, your health looses rather than benefit.
Moderate intake of wine/beer prevents neural degeneration. Diseases such as Parkinson’s disease that manifest themselves in the sunset years can be prevented through moderate alcohol intake.
On the other negative extreme, alcohol does dehydrate the nervous system. Due to the heavy intoxication, motor skills such as walking, talking and judgement become adversely impaired.
In women though, wine raises their estrogen levels leaving them susceptible to various types of cancers such as breast cancer. It also can trigger weight gain, higher than in men, and be quite destructive health wise especially in those who are diabetic.
On the other hand, healthy women, not facing any health conditions, are more likely to reduce their blood pressure by consumption of the recommended amount of wine per day. This goes a long way in helping avoid, prevent and/or manage hypertension; both in women and in men.
In everything, without moderation, you risk addiction.
With alcohol, addiction can be fatal such that it leaves your internal organs such as the liver and kidneys,damaged and may actually lead you to an early death. It does damage your brain cells gradually and in more severe situations, you risk having headaches/migraines that can be quite a challenge to manage.
- Consume alcohol only in moderate amounts.
- Recommended amount being a cup of wine a day and two bottles of beer, they contains vitamins that improve your health.
- Always remember to hydrate yourself after, especially when you consume more than the recommended amount.
- Eat a balanced diet and exercise regularly to avoid their complications.