It is unlikely that your doctor or nurse will proscribe red wine as a preventative meditation, or that your certified nursing assistant (CNA) will bring you a glass of red wine with dinner. After all, CNAs administer the medications proscribed by doctors and nurses. [i] However, the Mayo Clinic recognizes that there might be health benefits to drinking red wine. They write, “Still, many doctors agree that something in red wine appears to help your heart. It’s possible that antioxidants, such as flavonoids or a substance called resveratrol, have heart-healthy benefits.” [ii] As the Mayo Clinic said, research is inconclusive in this area; however, here are four diseases that red wine might help prevent.
Tooth Decay and Gum Disease
Even non-alcoholic red wine can help prevent tooth decay and gum disease. Red wine hardens the enamel of a person’s teeth, thereby making the teeth more resistant to decay. The stronger enamel can better fight against Streptococcus, which is a bacterium that causes cavities. The polyphenols in red wine can also prevent gingivitis, the medical term for gum disease.
The reseveratrol, which the Mayo Clinic specifically mentioned, is still being studied by researchers. Thus far, it is believed that reserveratrol helps the body handle saturated fats, which are the most deadly fats. In moderation, red wine might lower your risk of heart disease, because it contains reseveratol.
Red wine is also known for containing high quantities of flavonoids, which are antioxidants. These increase the levels of HDL, or “good,” cholesterol, and lower LDL, so-called “bad,” cholesterol. Thus, red wine can help people who are fighting high cholesterol levels.
Reservatrol and flavonoinds can hardly be limited to preventing heart disease and high cholesterol. They also have shown potential to prevent the development and growth of various cancers. The specific cancers that have been studied include leukemia, as well as prostate, skin and breast cancer. According to the National Cancer Institute (NCI), “recent evidence from animal studies suggests this anti-inflammatory compound may be an effective chemopreventive agent in three stages of the cancer process: Initiation, promotion, and progression.” However, the same organization warns that studies of red wine consumption in humans are just beginning. “However, studies of the association between red wine consumption and cancer in humans are in their initial stages.” [iii]
In sum, studies in the effects of red wine on the human body are inconclusive, but they show promise. Generally, red wine, “can help protect you from many of the diseases of the elderly,” such as tooth and gum disease, heart disease and cancer. [iv] It is important to note that the benefits of red wine are only preventative measures; they are not cures for these diseases. Therefore, elderly patients should not expect their nurse aides to bring them red wine. Furthermore, CNAs, along with the rest of the medical profession, are unable to give patients red wine, until studies are more conclusive.
In large quantities, red wine has malignant effects on the human body. It can even cause cancer, if heavily consumed. However, the non-alcoholic components of the beverage could potentially cure many people of their illnesses one day. Until then, drink to your health in moderation.
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