Benefits of Limited Wine

“No longer drink only water, but use a little wine for your stomach’s sake and your frequent infirmities.”                                                                                                          – I Timothy 5: 23


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1.  In context, Paul is passing along some advice to his protégé, Timothy

  • He suggests that Timothy imbibe a bit of wine to help with his stomach ailments and general health

2.  While drinking alcohol in excess certainly has a strong negative impact on your health, science has recently documented some real positives to limited wine intake

3.  Recent research has shown that wine can trigger chemical reactions that greatly aid your stomach in digestion

  • As a result, the stomach can more easily convert potentially harmful chemicals into less dangerous molecules before being circulated
  • Specific polyphenols in red wine trigger the release of nitric oxide, a chemical that in limited quantities relaxes the stomach wall and helps optimize digestion

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4.  Other research has demonstrated that a simple glass of wine a day (not more than that), has some real benefits that include:

  • A reduction in the risk of heart disease
  • A reduction in the risk of certain cancer types
  • A slowing down of the progression of degenerative neurological disorders like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s Disease

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5.  Moderate amounts of wine can raise your good cholesterol (HDL-cholesterol) and thin your blood

  • This is one cardiovascular benefit that comes from wine

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6.  There are antioxidants in wine, such as flavanoids and resveratrol, that prevent molecules known as “free radicals” from causing cellular damage in the body

  • Resveratrol particularly has been shown to prevent blood clotting and plaque formation in arteries
  • Resveratrol can also produce strong anti-thrombotic agents that lower the risk for coronary heart disease
  • This same antioxidant has also been shown to reduce instances of tumor growth at one or more stages of cancer development

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