MARILYN ANONA writes : But today, I want to tell you that RED WINE may not be so good for the heart after all.

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Have we not heard of the saying “too much of anything or everything is bad”? I bet we all are very familiar with this saying. How then do we just indulge in self deceit when we know the implications of most of the things we do. Yes! Too much of everything is bad and today I am talking about “RED WINE”.

Its funny how people who are so in love with drinking alcohol will hold on to “RED WINE” is good for the heart. And then they are also too quick to forget that the key word is moderation. They will take lots of alcohol and then tell you, its good for the heart now! How funny and pathetic.

Now, how many of you who always say “RED WINE IS GOOD FOR THE HEART” has ever taken pains to study about this red wine? A glass or two of red wine a week is enough if at all you must take it. Anything above that is too much and an addiction. But today, I want to tell you that RED WINE may not be so good for the heart after all.

Yes my darlings, I think very soon all that has ever been said about red wine being beneficial to the heart will soon be taken back because a new study out of Penn Medicine, found absolutely no cardiovascular benefits to drinking even moderate amounts of alcohol, including red wine.

This team found that the people who drank less tended to have better cardiovascular health in the long run than cohorts who drank even moderately. The biggest take away is that people who drink less alcohol have lower risk of heart disease. “In other words, if you want to reduce risk of heart disease, drink less alcohol.”
But, wait! Does the type of alcohol you consume make a difference? Red wine has got to be better for you than beer or a tequila shot, right? Nope! While it wasn’t specific for beer or wine, what it told us is that any exposure to alcohol, it doesn’t matter if it is beer or wine will increase the risk of heart disease.

Again the team didn’t see any protective effect from alcohol and that, in terms resveratrol, the antioxidant in red wine that everyone speaks about in hushed, reverent tones, “the data is not robust, so I would be cautious to place too much faith in that evidence given these findings.”.

Antioxidants in red wine called polyphenols may help protect the lining of blood vessels in your heart. A polyphenol called resveratrol is one substance in red wine that’s gotten attention.

Most research on resveratrol has been done on animals, not people. Research in mice given resveratrol suggests that the antioxidant might also help protect them from obesity and diabetes, both of which are strong risk factors for heart disease. However, those findings were reported only in mice, not in people. In addition, to get the same dose of resveratrol used in the mice studies, a person would have to drink more than 1,000 liters of red wine every day. Research in pigs has shown that resveratrol may improve heart function and increase the body’s ability to use insulin. Again, however, these benefits have not been tested in people.

Some research shows that resveratrol could be linked to a reduced risk of inflammation and blood clotting, both of which can lead to heart disease. More research is needed before it’s known whether resveratrol was the cause for the reduced risk. However, one study showed that resveratrol may actually reduce the positive effect of exercise on the heart in older men. It’s also important to know that resveratrol’s effects only last a short time after drinking red wine, so its effects may not last in the long term.

So what does all these tell you? Alcohol is alcohol! Whether red, white, pink purple or blue. And Alcohol is bad for you.

There are natural sources of RESVERATOL if you claim that’s the reason you are killing your liver and heart and quoting “GOOD FOR THE HEART”. Resveratol can be found in grapes, cranberries, peanuts etc so eat these and reduce your alcohol intake if you can’t stop entirely.

Drinking too much alcohol increases your risk of high blood pressure, high triglycerides, infertility, liver damage, obesity, certain types of cancer, accidents and other problems. In addition, drinking too much alcohol regularly can cause weakened heart muscle (cardiomyopathy), leading to symptoms of heart failure in some people. If you have heart failure or a weak heart, you should avoid alcohol completely. If you take aspirin daily, you should avoid or limit alcohol, depending on your doctor’s advice. You also shouldn’t drink alcohol if you’re pregnant. If you have questions about the benefits and risks of alcohol, talk to your doctor about specific recommendations for you.

Always remember, “TOO MUCH OF EVERYTHING IS BAD”. Be Enlightened! Be Inspired!! Be Motivated!!!

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7 comments

  1. Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm! Imagine how most people could be fooled to believe, ‘studies’, that ‘ve not been proven or subjected to real scientific testing and procedures! I ‘ve always wondered, about red wine being good for the heart, what happened to water for Godsake and a healthy lifestyle! Most Christians, who are not able to break free, from their former lifestyle of alcoholism, hide behind the cloak of taking red wine! Thank God for this deliverance! Thanks Oma! This is not just enlightening but most-saving!!!

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