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A new study says that wine consumption is linked with a lower risk of depression

Now, the researchers believe that wine and alcohol consumption could do for depression what it's done for coronary heart disease — protect against it.

Well, in a confusing week for wine drinkers (especially women), more research now says that wine has one very positive health effect — a decreased risk of depression.

The latest research, published in BMC Medicine, followed 5,5000 "light to moderate" drinkers between the ages of 55 and 80, reports Science World Report. Over seven years, the researchers tracked the participants' alcohol consumption and mental health through yearly medical exams, questionnaires, and interviews with dietitians. And for this group of drinkers, the main beverage of choice was wine (no bourbon? no cocktails?). The researchers found that there was an inverse association between depression and wine. From the press release: "When analyzed, it was shown that those who drank moderate amounts of wine each week were less likely to suffer from depression. The lowest rates of depression were seen in the group of individuals who drank two to seven small glasses of wine per week."

Now, the researchers believe that wine and alcohol consumption could do for depression what it's done for coronary heart disease — protect against it. "In fact, it is believed that depression and coronary heart disease share some common disease mechanisms," said the senior author of the study, professor Miguel A. Martínez-González, from the University of Navarra in Spain. It all comes back to that handy resveratrol and phenolic compounds, which are said to have protective effects on the brain as well as the heart. So, when it comes to happiness, coffee and wine it is.

Potempa: Simple cake recipe has Great Depression connection

Grandpa and Grandma Potempa arrived from Poland, married and moved their family to our Indiana farm during the uncertainty of the late 1920s.

My father Chester, the youngest of my grandparents’ nine children, was born in 1929 on the family farm just prior to the start of the Great Depression.

Knowing how to manage a large family with a frugal household was key for the day-to-day life of my grandparents and my dad and his siblings as detailed in previous columns and cookbooks.

I’ve featured many old-fashioned recipes throughout the years which have originated from sparse ingredient eras of wartime, rationing and the Great Depression.

My original From the Farm cookbook published in 2004 includes a recipe for my Auntie Lilly’s “Mock Apple Pie,” which substitutes crackers in place of apples for when the farm cellar is empty by the end of a long winter. Also included in this same cookbook volume is Uncle Swede’s Dandelion Wine, made in stone crocks from the early blossoms of dandelions, when fruit is unavailable to ferment bottled libations.

My second published cookbook, “More From the Farm” released in 2007, included a recipe from our wonderful family friend Irene Jakubowski for her “city chicken,” which is made of pieces of pork cooked on wooden skewers to recreate a chicken drumstick and would satisfy cravings during wartime when poultry was scarce.

I also showcased an old-fashioned sugar cream pie recipe in my third cookbook “Further From the Farm” in 2010. The recipe came courtesy of my oldest brother Tom’s wife Linda, who has carefully preserved the family recipe from her own grandmother. More than 70 years old, this recipe was provided by Linda’s aunt, Phyllis Swinehart of Crown Point, who just celebrated her 90th birthday this month.

Most are aware that the red Cardinal is our state’s bird in Indiana and the Tulip Tree is the Hoosier state’s tree.

In 2009, a resolution was passed in Indianapolis to name Sugar Cream Pie as Indiana’s state pie, much to my own mother Peggy’s dislike, since this pie is very similar to a baked custard pie, the latter which is also not her favorite. As for why the sugar cream pie was designated as Indiana’s signature state baked good? The link is a nod to the state’s Amish population which prizes this pie variety.

In recent months, social media sites have been buzzing about sharing recipes for “Sprite Pie,” an ages-old recipe which has suddenly been resurrected during the national COVID-19 pandemic of the last year, since certain baking ingredients have been in short supply.

The recipe, usually using a ready-made crust, uses only Sprite soda, sugar, butter and flour — baked until firm. Dating back to the Great Depression, the recipe’s origin originally used a plain carbonated water such as club soda, and was called “Water Pie.”

My longtime (former) newsroom desk neighbor Lauri Harvey Keagle of Crown Point wrote to me last week during the “cabin fever” days of the recent snowstorm with her own favorite Depression era recipe for a simple cake.

“I know you’ll appreciate this Phil,” Lauri wrote me.

“The weather has been too nasty for grocery shopping, and I wanted to make a treat for the family, Kurt and Jack, the latter who is now 14! I was looking through recipes for what I could make with the ingredients I had in our house. I made a Depression Chocolate Cake, which doesn’t need eggs, and it turned out nicely. I’ve included the recipe and a photo of a slice of the cake on one of my own grandmother’s Candlewick glassware plates, which also dates back to the 1930s.”


I know, these slender stalks are known to make your urine smell funny. But they are high in folate, which is essential for keeping your cool. I like them steamed, then added to salads. I also love them broiled until crisp. Go ahead and eat as many as you'd like. (Enjoy them in new ways with these delicious asparagus recipes.)

Science says drink up! A glass of wine can totally help chill you out

“Drinking wine—and alcohol in general—is one of the most time-honored ways for disconnecting our brains at the end of the day,” says Jacob Teitelbaum, M.D., board certified internist and author of numerous health and wellness books, his latest being The Fatigue and Fibromyalgia Solution. ”This has been documented for over 5,000 years, and there’s a good reason for its persistent popularity.”

The reason? ”Alcohol, including wine, calms transiently because it is a central nervous system depressant,” explains David L. Katz, M.D., the founding director of Yale University's Prevention Research Center, and the author of Disease-Proof. In other words, alcohol is sedating.

But before you hop into your pajamas and pop your favorite Moscato, there are a few things to keep in mind, including how much you drink and when. “One glass of wine at dinner is apt to have a calming effect without impairing sleep,” adds Dr. Katz. Yet drinking greater quantities of wine can have a direct effect on your metabolism, which can interrupt your slumber. “So the net effect of relying on alcohol for relaxation is adverse if too much is consumed, too close to bed time.”

Dr. Teitelbaum also warns: “Those who suffer from severe gastritis and nighttime acid reflux should avoid wine since it can aggravate these conditions.”

If you’re looking for an extra health boost, sip a glass of red wine, as opposed to white. “Red wine contains resveratrol, which may decrease Alzheimer's risk and increase your life span,” states Teitelbaum. In fact, a recent study conducted by researchers at Harvard Medical School discovered that this compound directly activates a protein that promotes health and longevity.

5 Real Women Share What It Was Like Giving Up Alcohol for a Month

The benefits (and downsides) surprised them&mdashand it might surprise you too.

Until last month, I did not fully understand the effects of alcohol. Sure, I𠆝 experienced a tipsy night out and enjoyed the next day’s lovely hangover. But when I gave up alcohol (one of many rules of the Whole30 program, which I did in January), I gradually became aware of how much things change when you part with your Pinot noir.

I definitely experienced health perks: I was able to focus my energy on quality catch-ups over coffee, didn’t have liquor-induced late night cravings, and made it to more morning workout classes than usual. Yet what shocked me was how much my social life shifted over the course of 30 days.

A friend’s request to meet for a “quick drink” led to my long explanation about my no-alcohol decision, and the few times I made an effort to meet friends at a bar were pretty exhausting. (Seltzer with lime is not a vodka Redbull). One time, I even purposely withheld the fact that I was abstaining from a friend who wanted to meet at his favorite pub. I didn&apost want him to feel awkward or pressured to change the location.

I’ll admit I went slightly overboard and scarfed down one too many slices of pizza after my first post–Whole30 night out. But saying no to alcohol provided enough benefits to make me want to drink less and do more with my day. Don’t just listen to me—here’s what Health staffers and contributors had to say about their month going booze-free, whether it was because of Whole30 or their own desire to see what it would be like.

"I was more productive on weekends because I wasn't drunk-eating pizza"

“I was doing Whole30, so this was the first time I ever attempted abstaining from alcohol for an extended period of time. At first, it felt empowering that I could attend social events without using wine as a crutch. Plus, I was more productive on the weekends because I wasn’t drunk-eating pizza. I also wasn’t hungover, so I had more time to cook healthy meals. Then during my last week sans alcohol, all I wanted was a drink. More than the drinking itself, I missed the process of getting ready for a big night out and having my friends over for a chat and a few beers before going to our favorite bar. Now that my month is over, I think I’ll drink with more moderation, but I won’t give it up completely.” —Julia Naftulin

"I saved money and lost weight&mdashbut friends pushed me to sip"

𠇏or me, abstaining from alcohol just makes me feel better in general. The older I get, the harder it is to bounce back after a night of drinking, which means the next day I am either stuck in bed or floating around in a hazy state. Plus, cocktails in New York City are expensive. If I stop drinking those $17 margaritas at brunch (I have at least two) every week, that’s $136 I am saving each month. Cutting out liquor will help you lose weight. Now, I’m not talking Revenge Body pounds here, but you’ll certainly notice a difference. That said, there is one drawback to going dry, and it’s how some of your friends will react. A lot of them will just think you are weird. And some will try and push you to just take a sip. My tip: Quietly order a seltzer and cranberry—it looks just like a vodka and cranberry and you can at least fake it until you make it.” —Rozalynn S. Frazier

"It helped my anxiety and depression, and I couldn't stand being around drunk friends"

“I had never tried to do a dry January before I went on Whole30, and while I thought the overwhelming FOMO would drive me crazy, it was actually a great experience. I quickly found that I couldn’t stand being around super drunk friends, so I limited my socializing. But it was worth it for the effects abstaining had on my body. Not only was I able to get up early the next day and hit the gym or get errands out of the way, but I felt that sobriety had a huge impact on my mood. Normally, I struggle with anxiety and depression, and after a night of drinking I often find myself with what I call an emotional hangover—grogginess that is more mental than it is physical. When I wasn’t drinking, all of those wasted weekend mornings disappeared, and I found my mood was better throughout the entire week because of it.” —Nora Horvath

"I spent more time with my daughter connecting, not battling"

“I’ve lived most of my adult life, with the exception of pregnancy, bookending my days with caffeine and at least one or two giant glasses of wine after work. And my tolerance was such that I thought nothing of polishing a bottle of wine at a party. So I figured I needed to prove to myself that I was capable of giving booze up entirely before I start more seriously considering whether I had a problem with alcohol.

𠇏or the first three days, that after-work glass of wine was all I could think about and if I even caught a whiff of sugar in my vicinity, I would hunt it down and devour it. Yet I was sleeping through the night, and waking up a hell of a lot clearer. I also broke out it was like my skin was detoxing too. Another change was the way I was attacking my Pilates classes suddenly I was ripping through them with energy I&aposd only read about. By week two, I was humble-bragging that I was sober two weeks and probably didn’t need to drink ever again. But by week three, despite feeling good, sleeping more, waking rested, and dropping about 5 pounds, I started longing for wine again. And I had to severely curtail my socializing so that I wouldn’t be triggered into drinking.

“Thirty days of not drinking did do some things as promised: I had more energy. I slept deeper, and I woke less often. I dropped a few pounds. I spent more time with my teenage daughter connecting and listening, not battling. And maybe my skin was a little fresher in the end. I&aposve been drinking very little since maybe every other day or two, I’ll have a single small glass of wine. And I’m cool with it. Now, on to coffee. ” 𠅊ndrea Dunham

28 Surprisingly Delicious Great Depression Recipes You Should Try

Jennifer is a full-time homesteader who started her journey in the foothills of North Carolina in 2010. Currently, she spends her days gardening, caring for her orchard and vineyard, raising chickens, ducks, goats, and bees. Jennifer is an avid canner who provides almost all food for her family needs. She enjoys working on DIY remodeling projects to bring beauty to her homestead in her spare times.

Do you love old-school recipes? Are you working with a food budget that is very tight, and need some frugal ideas to keep your family fed?

Well, there is no greater era to look to than the Great Depression when looking for both frugal and old-school delicious recipes.

Which is why I’m going to bring you some of the best recipes I can find across the internet to one easy location—here on our blog so you can easily scroll through them to see which ones you would like to try.

So without any further delay, here are some of the internet’s best Great Depression Era recipes:

1. Hot Milk Cake

Through my research of Depression Era recipes, I realized that dessert was a big deal to them during this time, and did they ever know how to make some delicious desserts out of very few ingredients.

Take this dessert for example. It is just eggs, milk, vanilla extract, flour, salt, and baking powder. Yet it turns into a deliciously moist and sweet cake. You’ve got to try it.

2. Granny’s Cocoa Cream Pie

My husband loves chocolate pies. His mother made a great version of this pie and just like the woman who created this recipe, she too was very resourceful.

So if you have some eggs, cocoa powder, salt, flour, milk, and vanilla, then you can easily have this pie in no time flat.

3. Dandelion Salad

I love this woman’s site. She is in her mid 90’s and has her own Youtube channel to share her Depression Era meals that she ate as a child.

Naturally, this dandelion salad is one of those meals. It is basically cooked dandelion greens, but with this video, hopefully, it will help you to figure out how to cook it a little easier.

4. Depression Era Breakfast

This is another video of Ms. Clara’s that recounts her childhood during the Great Depression. She shares what they ate for breakfast.

But she also shares with you how to make this typical breakfast. She makes these easy breakfast scones, simple coffee, and enjoys some wafer cookies too.

5. Great Depression Pizza

Ms. Clara shared a few videos, lots of knowledge, and many great stories with the internet before her passing in 2013.

But one of her greatest videos (in my opinion) is this Depression Era pizza. It doesn’t look like today’s pizza, but it still looks really good.

6. Grape Pie

As we all know, the Great Depression was a time of necessary resourcefulness. You had to use what you had available in order to simply survive on a day to day basis.

However, many wonderful recipes were birthed out of sheer necessity. This deliciously sweet grape pie was one of those recipes.

7. Potato Casserole

Potatoes were a staple ingredient during the Depression because they were cheap, and you could grow them yourself.

So it should come as no surprise that someone figured out how to take a few basic ingredients (cream of chicken soup, onion, butter, etc.) and made a delicious casserole from them.

8. 9 Depression Era Meals

This site is a great Depression Era recipe resource. They literally give you 9 recipes from the Depression that you can still enjoy today.

But don’t think that these are just frumpy old recipes. Oh no! They are delicious like chocolate cake, sponge cake, creamed peas over toast, beans, and ham hocks, and so much more.

9. Pan Bread

I’ve eaten this many a time with my mother-in-law. When we wanted a bread to go with supper but didn’t have enough time to make a fresh loaf, then we’d make this bread together.

Basically, you make an easy bread dough, but instead of letting it rise and bake, you just put it in a skillet with oil and fry it up.

10. Shoo Fly Pie

This pie not only has a great name, but it looks delicious as well. You use pretzels to make a graham cracker like crust.

Then you fill the pie crust with a brown sugar and molasses filling. It certainly still sounds good to me!

11. W.P.A. Soup

If you’ve eaten potato soup before, then you’ll probably like this simplified version of it. They begin by cooking potatoes down.

Then they add celery, onion, butter, cream, and some chopped salami to the equation to have a very filling and inexpensive potato soup.

12. War Cake

This recipe goes back to World War II when people were facing food rationings. Could you imagine how resourceful you’d have to be during such a time?

Well, they were, and they created a delicious cake recipe in the process! You’ll need only some hot water, lard, salt, sugar, cinnamon, cloves, and seedless grapes to make this delicious cake.

13. Rice Pudding

Rice pudding is still one of my favorite frugal desserts to this day. It is a great way to use last night’s left over rice.

So if you have any left over rice, don’t toss it. Instead, add some cinnamon, evaporated milk, raisins, and other tasty ingredients to make it a delicious breakfast or dessert.

14. Southern Hoe Cake

Again, this is another recipe that I’ve raised my children on thus far. I discovered it in my early days of marriage and have stuck with it because my husband was raised on these and loves them.

So if you are thinking, “What in the world is a hoe cake?” Well, it is another version of fried bread that requires very few ingredients. You must try it at least once to see what you think.

15. Green Tomato Pie

I love green tomatoes, and I’m not sure who first ate one and thought that they would make a great ingredient in any dish, but certainly a pie.

But whoever it was, I’m thankful, because they are good. So if you enjoy green tomatoes and pies, then you’ll definitely want to check out this combo.

9. Have a Little Yogurt for That Bad Breath

Bad breath, officially known as halitosis, is a terrible thing to live with. But the cure for it is right there in your fridge: yogurt. At least two servings a day of this probiotic wonder, ideally a plain brand with no sugar, changes the landscape of your tongue so that it won’t breed any more the bad bacteria that produces that distinctive stink.

Is red wine good for you?

Red wine contains powerful antioxidants, and many sources claim that drinking it has health benefits. What does the research say?

Researchers have studied wine — especially red wine — extensively for its possible health benefits.

This article looks at the evidence behind the benefits of red wine, along with health warnings, and discusses whether people should drink it.

Share on Pinterest Moderate consumption of red wine may have benefits for cardiovascular health.

Red wine has been part of social, religious, and cultural events for hundreds of years. Medieval monasteries believed that their monks lived longer partly because of their regular, moderate drinking of wine.

In recent years, science has indicated that there could be truth in these claims.

According to a 2018 study , although notably there are no official recommendations around these benefits, drinking red wine in moderation has positive links with:

Red wine may get its health benefits from its antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and lipid-regulating effects.

Red wine — made from crushed dark grapes — is a relatively rich source of resveratrol, a natural antioxidant in the skin of grapes.

Antioxidants reduce oxidative stress in the body. Oxidative stress has clear links with many diseases, including cancers and heart disease.

There are many healthful, antioxidant-rich foods, including fruits, nuts, and vegetables.

Whole grapes and berries are better sources of resveratrol than red wine, and because of the health risks linked with drinking alcohol, getting antioxidants from foods is likely to be more healthful than drinking wine.

People may need to drink a lot of red wine to get enough resveratrol to have an effect, which could do more harm than good.

That said, when choosing between alcoholic beverages, red wine may be more healthful than some others.

The following sections take a closer look at the possible health benefits of red wine.

Many studies through the years have shown a positive link between moderate red wine drinking and good heart health.

Recently, a 2019 review reported that drinking red wine is linked with a lower risk of coronary heart disease, which is a leading cause of disease and death in the United States.

The authors concluded that red wine might have cardioprotective effects.

However, the American Heart Association (AHA) say that such studies do not show cause-and-effect relationships. Other factors may play a role. For example, people who drink red wine in moderation may also follow a more healthful lifestyle or a Mediterranean diet.

They also point out that excess alcohol can directly harm the heart. To stay safe, people should stay within official CDC guidelines from the Centers for Disease and Prevention (CDC) , which define moderate drinking as:

One glass of wine is 5 ounces (oz) of 12% alcohol by volume.

A 2018 study reports that polyphenols from red wine and grapes can improve the gut microbiota, contributing to a healthy gut.

According to 2012 research , red wine compounds may also act as prebiotics, which are compounds that boost healthy gut bacteria.

In 2016, researchers suggested red wine could reduce the risk of heart disease through its effects on the gut microbiome.

However, the research is limited, and doctors need more evidence before understanding the true effects of red wine on gut health.

One 2015 study has shown that drinking a glass of red wine with dinner “modestly decreases cardiometabolic risk” in people with type 2 diabetes and that a moderate intake of red wine is usually safe.

The scientists believe that the ethanol in wine plays a crucial role in metabolizing glucose and that the nonalcoholic ingredients may also contribute. They call for more research to confirm the findings.

Anyone with diabetes should check with their doctor before drinking alcohol.

According to the American Heart Association (AHA), resveratrol — an antioxidant in red wine — may reduce blood pressure and increase levels of HDL (good) cholesterol.

In 2006 , scientists reported that red wine compounds called procyanidins help keep the blood vessels healthy.

Many people find an alcoholic drink relaxes them, but results published in 2012 indicate that nonalcoholic red wine, too, can reduce blood pressure. This could be a more healthful option.

It is important, however, to note that drinking too much alcohol can cause high blood pressure and arrhythmia, or an irregular heart rhythm.

A 2015 review reports that resveratrol may help protect against secondary brain damage after a stroke or central nervous system injury. This is due to its positive effects on inflammation, oxidative stress, and cell death.

However, these studies show the effects of resveratrol rather than red wine itself.

Resveratrol may also help prevent vision loss by reducing inflammation and oxidative stress, according to 2016 research .

Many forms of age-related eye conditions that cause vision loss involve these factors, including:

Some research says that drinking red wine in moderation could reduce the risk of certain cancers.

However, the National Cancer Institute say there is strong evidence that drinking alcohol can cause certain cancers, especially drinking heavily over time.

This is partly because it creates toxins in the body, damages body tissues, and creates oxidation. This means that the potential adverse effects of alcohol may outweigh any benefit from resveratrol.

The National Cancer Institute links alcohol use with a range of cancers, including mouth, throat, liver, breast, and colon cancer.

For most people, enjoying red wine in moderation is safe, but it is important to keep in mind that drinking alcohol in excess is harmful.

Some studies, however, link moderate red wine intake with reduced risk or better outcomes in cancer. The following sections look at specific studies into red wine and particular types of cancer.

Breast cancer

Alcohol increases estrogen in the body, a chemical that encourages the growth of cancer cells.

However, a 2012 study says that the aromatase inhibitors (AIs) in red wine — and to a lesser extent, white wine — may reduce estrogen levels and increase testosterone in females approaching menopause.

The researchers say that this may be why red wine is less associated with increased breast cancer risk than other types of alcohol.

Lung cancer

A 2017 review reports that resveratrol has protective effects against cancer in both human and laboratory studies. The mechanisms include preventing cell proliferation and tumor growth, inducing cell death in cancer cells, and inhibiting metastasis.

However, again, these effects are for resveratrol rather than red wine itself.

Prostate cancer

A study from 2019 reports that males who drank alcohol had a slightly lower risk of lethal prostate cancer, and that red wine had links with a lower risk of progression to lethal disease.

The authors say that these results mean moderate alcohol consumption is safe for people with prostate cancer.

According to a 2018 report , researchers have found an increased risk of dementia in people who abstained from drinking wine.

The authors say that this may be because of the neuroprotective effects of polyphenols and other compounds in wine that can reduce inflammation and alter the lipid profile in the body.

A 2013 study on 5,505 people over 7 years showed that those who drank between 2–7 glasses of wine each week had lower levels of depression.

They also reported that people who drank heavily were more at risk for depression.

Alcohol is a common cause of liver disease. However, a moderate intake of red wine has links with good liver health in some contexts.

According to a 2018 study , modest alcohol intake — particularly wine — is linked with lower liver fibrosis in people with nonalcoholic fatty liver disease.

That said, the impact of red wine on liver health is complicated. Although it provides antioxidants and reduces oxidative stress, drinking can also increase uric acid and triglycerides, which damages the liver.

Researchers need to complete more studies to work out the complex effects of moderate red wine intake on liver health.

That said, people who currently have liver disease should avoid alcohol altogether.

Drinking red wine in moderation may reduce the risk of some chronic disease, as discussed above, so it follows that it may help people to live longer.

Indeed, one popularized 2000 study reported that “Men aged 45–64 at entry drinking about 5 drinks per day have a longer life expectancy than occasional and heavy drinkers.”

However, this is likely due to confounding factors, such as diet, as discussed in a 2018 review . For instance, red wine is a common addition to the Mediterranean diet, an eating pattern that has established links with good health and long life.

Resveratrol appears to underlie many of the health benefits of red wine.

Red wine contains more resveratrol than white wine as it is fermented with the skins, while white wine is not. Most of the resveratrol in grapes is in the seeds and skin.

Nonalcoholic red wines may also include resveratrol.

Wine consumption may have some health benefits, but drinking too much of any type of alcohol can increase health risks.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) provide guidance on the health risks of drinking too much alcohol.

They report that excessive alcohol use led to around 88,000 deaths in the United States between 2006–2010, shortening the lives of those who died by an average of 30 years.

Further, they state that 1 in 10 deaths among adults aged 20–64 years were related to excessive drinking.

The risks of excessive alcohol use include:

  • heart problems
  • stroke
  • fatty liver disease
  • liver damage conditions
  • certain cancers

People may also experience alcohol poisoning and alcohol use disorder. Heavy drinking is particularly harmful to health.

For most people, enjoying a glass or two of red wine each day can be part of a healthful diet.

The key is moderation. Regardless of the possible health benefits, drinking excess alcohol can do more harm than good.

Despite any possible benefits, official U.S. guidelines do not recommend that people start drinking or drink more for any reason.

Is moderate drinking good for you? Read more here.

Ultimately, many of the benefits linked to red wine are due to the beneficial properties of resveratrol. Eating grapes and berries may, therefore, be a more healthful option.

Drinking red wine in moderation may have certain health benefits, including boosting heart, gut, and brain health. This is because it contains compounds with antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and lipid-improving effects.

Drinking alcohol is not safe for everyone, and drinking more than a moderate amount can cause serious health problems.

6 Reasons Why a Little Glass of Wine Each Day May Do You Good

The list of wines benefits is long𠅊nd getting more surprising all the time. Already well-known as heart healthy, wine in moderation might help you lose weight, reduce forgetfulness, boost your immunity, and help prevent bone loss.

With America likely to edge out France and Italy in total wine consumption in the near future, according to one analyst, and with women buying more than 6 out of every 10 bottles sold in this country, were happy to report that wine may do all of the following:

1. Feed your head
Wine could preserve your memory. When researchers gave memory quizzes to women in their 70s, those who drank one drink or more every day scored much better than those who drank less or not at all. Wine helps prevent clots and reduce blood vessel inflammation, both of which have been linked to cognitive decline and heart disease, explains Tedd Goldfinger, DO, of the University of Arizona School of Medicine. Alcohol also seems to raise HDL, the so-called good cholesterol, which helps unclog your arteries.

2. Keep the scale in your corner
Studies find that people who drink wine daily have lower body mass than those who indulge occasionally moderate wine drinkers have narrower waists and less abdominal fat than people who drink liquor. Alcohol may encourage your body to burn extra calories for as long as 90 minutes after you down a glass. Beer seems to have a similar effect.

3. Boost your bodys defenses
In one British study, those who drank roughly a glass of wine a day reduced by 11% their risk of infection by Helicobacter pylori bacteria, a major cause of gastritis, ulcers, and stomach cancers. As little as half a glass may also guard against food poisoning caused by germs like salmonella when people are exposed to contaminated food, according to a Spanish study.

4. Guard against ovarian woes
When Australian researchers recently compared women with ovarian cancer to cancer-free women, they found that roughly one glass of wine a day seemed to reduce the risk of the disease by as much as 50 percent. Earlier research at the University of Hawaii produced similar findings. Experts suspect this may be due to antioxidants or phytoestrogens, which have high anticancer properties and are prevalent in wine. And in a recent University of Michigan study, a red wine compound helped kill ovarian cancer cells in a test tube.

5. Build better bones
On average, women who drink moderately seem to have higher bone mass than abstainers. Alcohol appears to boost estrogen levels the hormone seems to slow the bodys destruction of old bone more than it slows the production of new bone.

6. Prevent blood-sugar trouble
Premenopausal women who drink one or two glasses of wine a day are 40 percent less likely than women who dont drink to develop type 2 diabetes, according to a 10-year study by Harvard Medical School. While the reasons arent clear, wine seems to reduce insulin resistance in diabetic patients.

You might increase your cancer risk if you drink rum every night

If you feel like the medical advice available about having one or two drinks per day has done a 180, you'd be right, according to Dr. Sarah M. Hartz, a physician and scientist at the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. "It used to seem like having one or two drinks per day was no big deal, and there even have been some studies suggesting it can improve health," she shared in an interview with Medical News Today. "But now we know that even the lightest daily drinkers have an increased mortality risk." That means that even one serving of rum every night has adverse effects on your health.

So even though there are some health benefits that come with light alcohol consumption, newer information has changed the game. "Consuming one or two drinks about four days per week seemed to protect against cardiovascular disease, but drinking every day eliminated those benefits," Hartz continued. "With regard to cancer risk, any drinking at all was detrimental." Boo!

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