This topic is slightly controversial. It seems every few years, new data is released through various media outlets purporting new research, new medical discoveries, and of course new government-related warnings about the benefits and harm of wine consumption.
First of all, we at OregonWines.com want to press the point of in all things, moderation. Overdoing any type of food or beverage, especially those containing alcohol, can be harmful to your health.
“Moderate consumption” is difficult to define, and varies literally based on the government and medical professionals in each culture on the planet. It also varies based on a person’s gender, age, and physical condition.
Some of the reported benefits are related more to red wines than white wines. This is because red wine contains a much higher concentration of resveratrol, a potent antioxidant derived from the skins of red wine grapes. Additional phenolic compounds from grape stems and seeds, and other tannin contributors, also play a lesser but still notable role.
Everything from lowering blood pressure, to increasing “healthy” blood cholesterol, to enhancing metabolism, have all been reported in various tests performed on groups of moderate wine drinkers. In conjunction with a “Mediterranean” diet focusing more on vegetables and fruit, whole grained breads, more seafood and fish and less red meat, and with “smarter” fats like olive oil, are also a factor in some of these studies, as wine tends to go hand in hand with such foods.
All that aside, a glass of really great wine at the end of a stressful work day can have a powerful psychological effect on a person, and the simple act of stress reduction in and of itself can be a powerful benefit.
Disclaimer: This article is not written by medical professionals, and we do not advocate the use of any alcohol to improve your health. We’re simply commenting on things we’ve read over the years.