If you've heard the hype about wine (in moderation) being good for the old meat sack and are wondering if it's too good to be true, you're not the only one!
Herewith the results of our epic ability to read boring studies and bring you straight facts on how much wine is just too much. PS – You might want to get a glass of wine and take a seat for this.
From its chemical composition to its impact on physiological processes, researchers have been tinkering with ye old grape juice for yonks. (Like you when you're making dinner!). Here's what they've found:
Numerous studies have drawn attention to the potential benefits of wine, particularly red wine, on cardiovascular health. The presence of polyphenolic compounds, notably resveratrol, has been linked to improved endothelial function and reduction in inflammation. These mechanisms may contribute to a lowered risk of cardiovascular diseases, offering a compelling reason to consider wine as a component of a heart-healthy regimen.
HOWEVER, the NIAAA says past research has overestimated the benefits of moderate drinking in lieu of current research that indicates even low levels of drinking poses added risks. The takeaway: while wine has been associated with health benefits, it should not be mistaken for a health drink.
Wine to keep you fine and living 5ever?
Resveratrol has also been shown to have promising effects in animal studies by activating sirtuins, those special proteins associated with longevity. BUT, human trials remain inconclusive so the potential role of ol' resveratrol in supporting cellular health and extending lifespan is but an area of continued investigation. And that's about it?
Emerging research has suggested a potential link between moderate wine consumption and cognitive well-being. This is speculated to be thanks to antioxidants like quercetin and resveratrol 'cos they possess properties that may counteract oxidative stress and inflammation, both of which play roles in neurodegenerative diseases. THAT SAID, findings are all but preliminary. Meaning, the neuro-protective qualities of certain wine compounds warrant further exploration.
Hello wine, goodbye psychologist?
Moderate wine consumption has been associated with a potential reduction in stress and anxiety levels. This is likely due to certain bioactive compounds in wine, such as flavonoids and phenolic acids, which have been suggested to influence neurotransmitter pathways involved in mood regulation. HOWEVER, they certainly are not a substitute for professional treatment by stretch of the imagination. While it might be a pretty cool research avenue, the very real reality of alcohol abuse is unavoidable. Drink responsibly! Go to therapy!
Skin of the Gods?
Good ol' resveratrol's antioxidant properties have been shown to potentially contribute to skin health by counteracting oxidative damage caused by environmental factors. Thus, potentially slowing down the ageing process and maintaining skin vitality. BUT, it's essential to acknowledge that topical skincare practices remain paramount for overall skin health and excessive drinking results in looks that are anything but god-like.
Flavour town delivering joy?
Science can't argue with this one: Wine is not merely a beverage, it is a drinkable art in the form of viticultural craftsmanship. The diverse flavour profile of different wines gives enthusiasts life-texturing opportunities to engage in sensory exploration. And it's this very appreciation of wine's complexity that encourages a mindful approach to consumption, promoting moderation and a deeper connection with the beverage. We 10/10 recommend that this is the best way to go about indulging in wine. Mindfully, joyfully, responsibly.
Excessive alcohol consumption = adverse health outcomes that way outweigh any potential advantages. As our understanding of wine's compounds and their effects on the body deepens, we should all continue to approach wine consumption with informed discretion, guided by our individual health statuses and wellness goals. Cheers to that!