I recently took an online longevity test.
You put it all sorts of info about yourself – height, weight, activity level, overall health – and it predicts how long you will live.
I got 95 – which I thought was pretty good!
The most surprising thing about the test to me, though, was that drinking in moderation actually IMPROVED your predicted life span.
I think when you got over 8 drinks per week, it had a negative effect …
But a drink a day actually gives you an extra year or two on your life.
So keep this in mind as you read through today’s guest article from my friend Art McDermott, author of The Red Wine Diet …
Is Red Wine Really Good For You?
by Art McDermott, author, The Red Wine Diet
What is all the talk about?
Have you ever noticed that when you are shopping for a car and find one you like, you suddenly see that car everywhere? It’s as if everyone just went out and bought the same car.
The same thing has happened to me. I recently completed my first weight management book called, “The Red Wine Diet”. Now it seems every single day I come across a new article on the health benefits (or lack thereof) associated with red wine.
In fact there is a very popular article making the rounds on the news sites tells us that drinking champagne every day could help prevent dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease.
So what is the real scoop? Is there any agreement on this? Can red wine really be safe?
Well, not according to the Chief Medical Officer in the United Kingdom. They recently released a report dramatically reducing the amount of alcohol intake recommendations; going as far as to say “There is no safe level of alcohol intake.”
Pretty strong statement.
Doctor Elizabeth Mostofsky, of Harvard University, said: ”However, regularly drinking small amounts of alcohol in the long term appears to both increase levels of HDL cholesterol (high-density lipoprotein cholesterol), the so-called good cholesterol, and reduce blood clots. If you drink alcohol, do so in moderation.”
She did warn, however, that there was an increase in heart attack and stroke during the drinking period which dissipated after 24 hours.
Some of the other health benefits associated with red wine consumption are: preservation of age-related memory loss, prevention of certain types of cancer (through the powerful anti-oxidant resveratrol found in wine) and the reduced development of type II diabetes and stroke.
Fair warning: All of these health benefits are eliminated when alcohol consumption is excessive with women being at an especially high risk for developing breast cancer.
On the whole and not surprisingly, I have read LOTS of articles regarding red wine. Many stray into the lifestyle associated with red wine consumption and the social and stress reducing impact – which in my opinion cannot be overstated.
I will say straight out, reduction of stress is perhaps the number one thing you can do to improve the quality and even the length of life as well as preserve brain health later in life.
Here are the recommendations:
For men, no more than 2-3 drinks per day.
For women, no more than 1-2 drinks per day.
And one suggestion – which I had not seen previously – was to take 1-2 days off entirely from drinking to allow the liver to completely recover. After all, alcohol is treated as a toxin by the body and does need to be detoxified by the liver.
When done with moderation, red wine consumption, as part of an overall lifestyle of healthy eating and strong social interaction would seem to outweigh some of the negative effects associated with alcohol intake.
So … enjoy – moderately!
Learn more about Art’s book at the link below: