The Lesser-Known Health Benefits Of Consuming Wines

Wine is one of the healthiest liquors.

Countless scientific evidence shows that ‘moderate’ consumption of wine can provide a myriad of health benefits spanning the gamut from cardiovascular and cancer risks prevention to skin improvement.

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While many of its
advantages and even disadvantages are already globally well-known, wine
consumption has been continuously studied by many professionals until now. The
longer scholars scientifically investigate wine, the more discoveries they can
find from it. We will reveal a few of the lesser-known advantages of wine that
professionals uncovered recently here.

Supports
Dental Health

Wine has been
included in the list of teeth-staining beverages, as reported by the American
Dental Association. Also, most orthodontics would not recommend people with
braces to drink coloured drinks, especially red wine.

That being said,
wine exposure was associated with persistent antibacterial effect. A few  recent research has shown that both red and
white wines can prevent dental diseases caused by microbial factors, including:

  • Tooth decay
  • Dental plaque and tartar
  • Gum diseases

In 2006, a study in
the Journal of Periodontology found out that a plant compound in red wine
called resveratrol can reduce
gingivitis-related bacteria on mice for up to 60%. This experiment could be
considered as the first “known” study about wines supporting dental health.

A year later,
another related research was conducted at the University of Pavia in Italy. The
researchers claim that both white and red wines could prevent oral disorders
caused by streptococcus mutan—a
dental pathogen that can generate glucans
(sugary substance) and tooth-decaying acid. In the same year, another study
concluded the same claim.

Alternative Medicine

In 2014, another
study published in the same journal, the Journal of Agricultural and Food
Chemistry, claimed that wines might prevent tooth loss and periodontal
diseases, as well. It concluded that the combination of wine and grape seed
extract could effectively thwart 60% bacterial mouth infections.

A recent study
conducted by the scientists of the Spanish National Research Council in Madrid
found out that polyphenols on wines can support oral health. The research,
which was also published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry,
investigated the two types of red wine antioxidants, namely caffeic and p-coumaric acid.

After a careful
examination, the study concluded that exposure to the said antioxidants could prevent
cavities and plaque. It would be more effective if the polyphenols would be
combined with Streptococcus dentisani,
an oral probiotic that can inhibit bacterial growth.

The Spanish
chemists, however, do not recommend rinsing your mouth with a glass of Saint
Emilion  Bordeaux
or merlot ‘yet.’
Apart from that the idea that it is way more expensive than using toothpaste,
there is a lack of scientific evidence about this for now.

Relieves
Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS)

Premenstrual
syndrome is a hormonal fluctuation that typically affects 75% of women around
the world. These cyclical, chemical changes include acne breakout, headaches,
bloating, psychological changes like irritability, depression and social
withdrawal, breast tenderness, and the most common one—menstrual cramps.

Alcohol is believed
to be one of the beverages that could worsen PMS, which includes wine. Many
western studies have claimed that females, who are into regular alcohol
drinking, are more likely to experience the said symptoms. The New York Times
also specified that alcohol consumption might aggravate prolonged cramping
during menstruation.

However, recent
research shows that red wine can ease PMS. In fact, it is not a discovery
anymore in traditional Chinese medicine (TCM). TCM utilized red wine as one of
the treatments in alleviating PMS for over a millennium now. Based on this
long-lived medical practice, drinking wine while on monthly period can:

  • Increase body circulation
  • Calm menstrual cramps

As mentioned, in a
female’s monthly period, one of the hormonal fluctuations she may experience is
a bloated belly. Drinking enough water could aid in flushing waste out of her
system, and hence decrease bloatedness. Therefore, people, even experts,
dissented drinking alcohol during menstruation because it can lead to dehydration.

By contrast,
according to the TCM, one will end up getting dehydrated since he or she drinks
too much than the recommended volume of wine. Just to be clear upfront, we are
referring to the benefits of a glass or two of wine here.

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Based on the TCM, menstruation
is the period when both qi and blood
move to warm the yang deficiency or
internal coldness. Wine and other warming foods can aid in circulating qi and blood around one’s body.  A 100-200 mL or one to two glasses of table
wine can already increase one’s circulation, which often results in warming up
your body.

Scientifically, it
makes sense. Coldness can stagnant or solidify any liquid, including blood. For
instance, women are not recommended to drink cold beverages as it can impede
their blood flow. Otherwise, they may end up suffering from other complications
when they cannot release the menstrual blood inside them.

One more thing:
menstrual blood is less concentrated blood. Technically, it is an evolved vaginal secretion, which is a mixture
of cells from the mucous lining, uterine tissue, and blood. It also contains
bacteria that produce vaginal flora.
It must be discharged, but it is not toxic.

Additionally, TCM
believes that wine, specifically red wine, is a muscle relaxant. The Clinical
advisor explained this scientifically. Red wine is well-known to have a high
level of resveratrol,  an antioxidant under a compound group called polyphenol.

With this
antioxidant and alcohol content in red wine, prostaglandin-inhibitory actions
and smooth-muscle relaxation will take place in a female’s body. This
phenomenon is considered to mitigate menstrual cramps logically. However, red
wines should be taken moderately to avoid dehydration during the menstrual
period.

In the past, the
majority of western medical practitioners were in opposition to TCM treatment.
They consider TCM as a tradition, rather than a ‘professional’ and ‘scientific’
medical practice. That being said, recently, many professionals around the
world are now embracing and starting to conduct in-depth research TCM.

Boosts
Female Fertility

Wines have
definitely a thing with hormones, especially females’. Not only it helps women
from their PMS, but it also improves women’s ovarian reserve. Ovarian reserve
is the reproductive potential of a woman’s ovaries to provide egg cells for
successful fertilization, resulting in a healthy pregnancy.

Recently, a study
conducted by a research team at the Washington University in Missouri
discovered that women who moderately consumed wine every week, had a
significant improvement in the number of their viable eggs than those who do
not drink.

The team examined
135 women between the ages of 18 and 44. 
Each subject was then asked to jot down all of their alcohol consumption
in a journal for a month. The women should record what they drank, how much
they drank, and how many days did they drink.

During the
observation period, every subject underwent a regular ultrasound scan. The
research team then counted how many remaining viable eggs each of them has.
Regardless of age, women who regularly drink wine were found out to have a
better ovarian reserve.

This fertility rate
development was believed to be the result of the presence of resveratrol. The
antioxidant tends to protect ovarian cells from biological stress with the help
of its scientifically-proven anti-inflammatory effects. In the study, this
polyphenol reduces the levels of ROS or reactive oxygen species in the ovary,
causing a woman to be more fertile.

More importantly,
similar to its benefits in PMS, wine should be again consumed in moderation to
improve ovarian reserve. What is moderate drinking for wines?

  • Having a 4-5 oz glass of wine
    daily, according to the American Heart Association
  • Maximum of two standard drinks
    daily, having at least two non-drinking days in a week, according to the World
    Health Organization

The Times, a
British daily national newspaper, specially mentioned the study. The
publication, however, suggested that there should be more studies in the future
to prove the study’s findings and increase its validity. What is more, the
study has a small sample size. That means it did not meet the research protocol
for statistical significance.

Further, this
recent research has been focusing on wine and its association with ovarian
reserve, but not on pregnancy rates, yet. In simple terms, the current study
has been more about the quality of a woman’s ovarian eggs, rather than their
quantity.

Takeaway

The said claims lack more scientific evidence; hence, they are less-known. Even so, all of the research was a good foundation for upcoming studies on the cure-all elixir wine. Without a doubt, there will be more soon. Possibly, someone in the future will claim that we can merely live just by solely consuming wine—who knows and hey why not!

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