Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Wine helps: are you consuming 60 litres a day?

So I was at a friend's place. It was a Friday night. Everybody was intoxicated by their own respective poisons. Some were busy mixing up different varieties of poisons , some were happy with large amounts of their own preferred poisons.. some were acting poisonous because of not consuming any poison!

I noticed one of my friends consuming Red wine. He was a Beer head! I couldn't help but ask, " Why Wine?". He said " Wine is good for health!" ... I asked "WHY?" .. He replied, " It's good for my heart you Buzzkill!! Now let me drink in peace"

It was only natural for me to do some research on Red wine and find out what the truth is..

So here's the inside scoop:

Does Red Wine really improve my health?
There is no clear conclusive evidence of the same.There is no research that categorically states that 'x' ml of Red wine daily can cure 'y' disease or bring 'xyz' levels down in the body.

Why the Buzz around Red Wine?
One of the components of Red Wine is RESVERATROL ( an Antioxidant) , which is believed to bring down LDL Cholesterol  ( More on Cholesterol here),  prevent damage to blood vessels and prevent blood clots, is the main reason for the buzz around Red Wine.

So does Resveratrol really Help?? IF Yes/No, why?
Most research that has been done on Resveratrol , has been done on Mice and not on people.

So what? If it's true for Mice, it might help me too?!

May be. Even if you want to make it work for you, an equivalent dose for humans, would translate into a required consumption of 60 Liters a day. ( Capacity chaiye boss! Piyega??)

But evidence is positive, should I start consuming Red Wine?
Though drinking red wine seems beneficial ( there is no evidence), Neither the American Heart Association nor the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute recommend that one should start drinking alcohol just to prevent heart disease. There are better ways of preventing heart disease: Eating healthy, exercising etc. ( Ya'll know! )

So , if I consume Red wine instead of Beer/Whiskey /Vodka , will it help?
There is no conclusive evidence on this. There is a chance all may be equally good/bad , however you want to look at it.

Hence, there is no reason to start consuming alcohol , if you don't.
And if you are a passionate Wine lover, don't overdo it. Moderation is the key to enjoy benefits, if any , from consumption of Red Wine.

Define "Moderation"

Moderation is:

  • 2 Drinks a day for Men
  • 1 Drink a day for Women

Define "Drink" mentioned above:
A drink is defined as: 
  • 12 ounces (355 mL) of beer, 
  • 5 ounces (148 mL) of wine 
  • 1.5 ounces (44 mL) of 80-proof distilled spirits.
Enjoy your drinks... once in a while!.. Cheers!!