Scientists have proven once again that we can enjoy the finer things in life and not feel so guilty about it.
In fact, you should be raising your (second) glass of wine to your good health, because, as researchers from Madrid have discovered, low to moderate consumption of red wine can delay the onset of neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer's and Parkinson's.
Along with a team of researchers, Dr. Esteban-Fernández from the Institute of Food Science Research in the Spanish capital studied the compounds left after wine had passed through the gut (as Science Daily describes them, the “so-called wine-derived human gut metabolites”.)
What they did next is add these compounds to human cells under stress to examine the neuronal impact of the metabolites, and discovered that they were actually protecting the cells from dying due to stress.
"It is very important to understand that certain food compounds are responsible for this health benefit in protecting against the onset of neurodegenerative diseases; no medication was involved,” Dr. Esteban-Fernández emphasises.
“I am not advocating to replace medicines by diet, but I want to raise more awareness how your diet is helping to prevent diseases or reduces the risk of getting sick.”
What is the recommended alcohol intake per day?
Hey, don’t get us wrong, we love the odd tipple, but this study isn’t enough to condone drinking more than what the National Institute of Health consider to be a safe amount (especially because heavy alcohol intake is linked to causing myriad health conditions).
According to the NIH, low-risk drinking is considered, "no more than 3 drinks on any single day and no more than 7 drinks per week" for women and "no more than 4 drinks on any single day and no more than 14 drinks per week."
For more information visit the NIH's website or speak to a doctor.
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