Alcohol: An Enigma

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Most of us are aware of the disadvantages or rather the harmful effects of alcohol consumption. When we allow someone to consume alcohol we ask him to keep the amount moderate. It sounds like a two-way message!

Well, drinking alcohol may offer some health benefits, especially for one’s heart. On the other hand, too much alcohol consumption may increase one’s risk of health problems and damage the heart. Therefore, we can say that when it comes to alcohol consumption, the key is moderation. Certainly, this is not a green light to drinking alcohol quite frequently and if you currently do not drink, please do not start drinking for the sake of the possible health benefits. In some cases, it is the safest to avoid alcohol entirely because the possible benefits do not outweigh the health risks.

So let’s take a closer look at the benefits of alcohol consumption-

  1. Wine:                                                                                                                                            

 (a) A study from the Oregon State University revealed that the dark red grapes found in some types of red wine can help people manage obesity and a metabolic fatty liver, due to a chemical called ellagic acid. This chemical slows down the growth of fat cells and stops new ones from being created, which boosts the metabolism of fatty acids in liver cells.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        

 (b) Two past studies found that the antioxidants in red wine can help one reduce his risk of catching a cold by a shocking 60 percent.  (c) Red wine can boost one’s memory. A study done by the Texas A&M University found resveratrol, a compound found in the skin of red grapes can improve memory and cognitive function in rats.                                                                                                                                                                                                                  (d) Ordering a glass of wine to your meal can work in your favor during cold and flu season. A study published in Vaccine suggest that drinking wine with dinner a few times a week can help enhance the effects of vaccines.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       (e) Previous research has proved that wine is great for the heart. It’s antioxidants, high resveratrol content and pro-angiogenic and anti-inflammatory properties are beneficial to our heart.                                                                                                                                                                                                         (f) Drinking wine moderately can improve sexual function in men and for women, it offers Libido- boosting powers.                                                                                                                                                                                                                             

  1.  Beer:    

(a) Beer helps protect the brain. In 2015, the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry reported that xanthohumol, a compound found in beer could protect brain cells from damage, thus slowing down the progression of Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease.                                                                                                                                                                                       (b)  Be it Bud Light or Guinness, beer is packed with B vitamins riboflavin and thiamin along with high levels of magnesium and calcium. But dark beers do have a slight advantage of being the better brew because of its iron content, which helps oxygen circulate around the body better.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                (c)  Beer can lower heart attack risks by 30 percent in women who drink 1-2 brewskis per week than those who drink heavily or none at all.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               (d) High source of silicon content in beer is responsible for an increase in bone density, according to a recent study. Moderate beer drinkers are more likely to have that effect and surprisingly, it is women who reap the most benefits.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      (e) A bottle of beer can reduce the risk of kidney stones by 30 percent according to a study from Finland.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   

  1. Liquor and other spirits:

(a) While wine can reportedly help prevent a cold, whiskey can help a sore throat. Mixing whiskey with warm water and honey can provide temporary relief to a sore throat.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          (b) Tequila can help in losing weight. Sounds crazy, but research suggests that agavins found in this Mexican liquor are better than artificial sweeteners at helping to shed the pounds.                                                                                                                                                                                                     (c) Cranberry and vodka can boost your creativity according to a study of Consciousness and Cognition.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           So guys! Alcohol is not harmful always. It does offer some health benefits. Don’t you think?                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    

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