Is Drinking Wine Healthy?

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Wine consumption has a long and rich history that precedes the time of the Greeks.

Wine consumption has a long and rich history that precedes the time of the Greeks. The wine consumed during ancient times would hardly be considered palatable by today’s standards. Transported in earthen or wood vessels, it was known to have a vinegar-like quality. Wine was consumed not out of pleasure, but necessity as water and milk were often filled with disease. People believed the alcohol in wine was a natural antiseptic. During the 18th century wine experienced a revolution as it was produced in a more sophisticated manner. The supply of water also became safer to drink, so wine evolved into a drink for occasions, rather than something that was consumed daily.
As the relationship between people and wine evolves, science and medicine continue to take note of the benefits of drinking wine. Archaeologists found a jar of wine with herbal residue dating back to ancient Egypt, suggesting that the Egyptians used wine for medicinal purposes. Red wine in particular has beneficial ingredients such as quercetin, procyanidins, and resveratrol. To unlock wine’s benefits, the key is moderation. A single serving of wine is only five ounces. For women, no more than one serving per day is recommended. For men, the portion size is two glasses, but only one after age 65. A small glass of wine can produce benefits such as antioxidants, increased bone density, stronger immunity, reduced risk of stroke, lowered cholesterol, decreased risk of heart attack, and better cognitive function.
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Excess consumption of wine can increase the risk of disease. Please consume wine responsibly.