There is such a joke:
"Alcohol cures all diseases except alcoholism."
Nutritionists ' Research constantly confirms: moderate alcohol consumption (of course, of high quality), especially dry red wine, is useful for the prevention of many diseases.
Here are just some mentions in the dietetics news, concerning the beneficial properties of alcohol.
- a Glass of dry red wine per day reduces the level of bad cholesterol, and this is the prevention of atherosclerosis and heart disease.
These scientists explain the "French paradox" – when "unhealthy" cuisine of the French (with lots of saturated fat) they are less suffer from cardiovascular diseases.
Studies conducted at the Boston medical center showed that moderate consumption of beer or dry wine:
- reduces the content of "bad" cholesterol in bloods,
- increases the level of "good" cholesterol,
- normalizes blood pressure,
- reduces the resistance of tissues to glucose.
All this reduces the likelihood of developing diseases such as diabetes, atherosclerosis of blood vessels, hypertension.
Important: Stronger drinks (from 15% alcohol) can cause the opposite effect.
If you already have hypertension or diabetes, the use of alcohol even in small doses should be allowed by the doctor.
Dry red wine also has bactericidal properties, helps to increase the level of hemoglobin in the blood.
American doctors suggest that a glass of wine or a small dose of any other alcoholic beverages can reduce the likelihood of fractures, development osteoporosis, arthritis and musculoskeletal diseases.
But keep in mind that even a small increase in this doses (more than two glasses of wine a day) increases by 40% the risk of dangerous fractures.
Swedish scientists have found that regular alcohol intake prevents the development of rheumatoid arthritis.
Another study by Danish scientists also indicates that a healthy lifestyle (necessarily including movement) and the use of alcohol in small doses (a mug of beer or a small glass of wine (125 ml) per day) will halve the likelihood of death from diseases of the cardiovascular system.
However, doctors as usual warn: excessive alcohol consumption increases blood pressure and can give the opposite result.
Studies conducted at the University of California showed that the use of 100 ml of wine per day is useful for the liver, as it reduces the risk of developing a common disease – non-alcoholic steatohepatitis.
Sorry, beer and other alcoholic beverages may have the opposite effect.
Boston Scientists have found that older women who drink a glass of wine, a mug of beer or a glass of sherry are less likely to experience an age-related deterioration in brain function.
However, alcohol abuse is fast approaching senile dementia.
Our doctors "allow" the use of 10 grams of pure alcohol for women and up to 30 grams for men daily.
That is, for women – about 100 ml of dry wine or 250 ml of beer, but the use of beer with a desire to lose weight, is not compatible.
However, doctors do not give recommendations for daily use of alcohol, as the risk of addiction is high.
And exceeding the "useful" dose has the opposite effect. Alcohol in large quantities are harmful to the liver and heart, can cause pancreatic cancer, and in women – breast cancer.
And to prevent illness, doctors recommend a healthy diet and physical activity.