If You Are a Wine Drinker, Here Are Facts You Should Know

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(NaturalNews) Many health-conscious people wonder whether wine is a medicinal tonic that benefits their health, or something that should be avoided at all costs. Nutritionist Frank Cooper spent two years researching the subject of wine and health, and found many answers. He investigates the medicinal, nutritional, and environmental issues to do with wine, and the health considerations of the chemicals and additives that may be used in wine-making.

The journey starts by revisiting the French Paradox and why French cuisine is protective against heart disease. Professor Serge Renaud’s paper, published in the British Medical Journal in 1991, helped bring wine into favour around the world. The good doctor, a Cardiologist working at the University of Bordeaux, reported that 2-3 glasses of red wine per day for males could reduce the risk of coronary heart disease by 40%. For women he recommended 1-2 glasses per day.

The American 60 Minutes Program interviewed the good doctor in 1992 and coined the phrase The French Paradox because the French had significantly less coronary heart disease than other western countries, yet consumed a diet rich in cholesterol and saturated fats. Also, the average cholesterol level of an older male in France is 235 mg/dl (6.1 mmol/L) and at that level, an American would be reaching for their Lipitor.

Scientists at the time claimed that the beneficial component in wine was the alcohol, which dilated the arteries and acted as an anti-clotting agent, and that all alcoholic beverages would convey benefits. But were these scientists correct? Continue reading

How much is enough… red wine?

Be sure to pour yourself the right measure to gain the best health benefits
how much is enough red wine

Not enough: Less than one 125ml glass a day

A glass a day gives you more than a hint of cedar, caramel and blackcurrant tones. It’s the minimum you need to get the requisite flavanoid antioxidants found by Harvard Medical School scientists to substantially cut your heart disease risk. “Flavanoids reduce bad LDL and boost your good HDL cholesterol,” says Kenneth Mukamal, who led the 12-year study. Research from the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Centre in Seattle also found men who drink seven glasses of red a week are 48% less likely to be diagnosed with prostate cancer than those who don’t. The key is spreading your intake though, so don’t bin that cork.

Enough: One to three glasses a day (125ml-375ml)

“Considerable evidence shows this is the optimal amount to give the average man the maximum health benefits from red wine,” says Professor Roger Corder, author of The Wine Diet (Sphere). And US research published in the International Journal of Cancerconfirms red can help more than your heart: the study found a daily glass can halve your prostate cancer risk. More good news, Spanish researchers from the University of Santiago de Compostela also found vino tinto cut lung cancer risk by 13%, crediting tannins for protecting lung cells and the antioxidant resveratrol for stifling tumour growth. Recent studies at the San Diego School of Medicine research even suggest the odd tipple could help your liver. But before you start celebrating too hard, heed the sobering research published by the Royal College of Physicians which confirms exceeding recommended amounts can up your risk of cancers and brain disorders…

Too much: More than three glasses a day (375ml +)

“Exceed your recommended daily alcohol quota and all wine’s positive effects are compromised,” says Dr Alan Crozier, Professor of plant biochemistry at the University of Glasgow. “You’re raising your risk of heart disease, liver cirrhosis, cancer and stroke.” So put the wine list down, pause your ‘hilarious’ BBQ anecdote and look at the menu. “For improving your health it’s crucial to drink wine with food,” says Corder. “Aim to drink it with folate-rich vegetables which balance cancer-causing properties in alcohol. Downing half a bottle a day without eating will raise blood pressure and increase risk of heart disease or stroke.” Now, back to the wine list: Corder recommends choosing a wine containing ‘procyanidins’. “They’re the antioxidants identified as most effective in protecting against hardening of the arteries.” Which wines will you find them in? Two regions boasting the highest concentrations are the Nuoro province in Sardinia (which produces the Cannonau grape), and Madiran in the Pyrénées. “One small glass of a Madiran wine can provide more health benefits than two bottles of most Australian wines, without the danger of excessive alcohol consumption,” says Corder. Or anything to remind you of the cricket.

References:

http://www.menshealth.co.uk/_mobile/food-nutrition/drink-recipes/how-much-is-enough-red-wine-239014

Control Your Sugar Cravings

Sugar Addiction

Processed sugar is highly addictive. Numerous studies have proven that refined sugar is just as; if not more addictive than cocaine.
Sugar triggers production of your Brian’s natural opioids – a key to the addiction process. Your Brian essentially becomes addicted to its own opioids, just as it would to cocaine.

Being addicted to sugar can lead to

• High blood pressure and high cholesterol

• Heart disease

• Diabetes

• Weight gain

• Premature aging

Excessive consumption of sugar suppresses your immune system , contributing to allergies , digestive disorders , depression and is associated with many chronic diseases, including cancer.

In short, processed refined sugar is bad and should be avoided at all cost.
The first step in curbing your consumption of process sugars; read labels! Check the ingredient  list on every thing you purchase. Bag chip’s, candy bar, ice cream, soda, juice etc etc..

If you see these ingredients:

• High fructose corn syrup
• Sucralose (Splenda)
• Aspartame (Equal)
• Saccharin (Sweet N Low)
• Agave

Avoid them like the plague!!

On the other hand here’s some sweeteners that I’d recommend you use:

•Stevia (is best highly recommend)
•Certified organic sucanat
•Raw honey
•Pure organic maple syrup
•Sugar in the raw (As a last resort)

Now switching to  all natural unprocessed / refined sugar  doesn’t mean you can wild out!
Over consumption of the good sugars will still be toxic to your health in the long run. Everything In moderation People.

One last thing before I rap this up. A friend of mine had asked me about what herbs one could take to curb there sugar cravings. So here’s a few supplements you can consider that would help in your battle with the sweet tooth..

• Chromium (helps to stabilize blood sugar which can help keep those dip related cravings at bay)

• Cinnamon (also help’s to reduce blood sugar. Also positively impacts digestion and blood circulation, reduces inflammation and relieves muscular pain)

• Glutamine (when blood sugar levels drop low enough to trigger cravings, taking Glutamine may help silence the inner sugar addict)

Hope you found this information helpful in your battle with the sweet tooth!!

Blessings!

The Art Of Good Health

Reference’s:

http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2010/10/09/beat-your-sugar-addiction-now.aspx

http://www.naturalnews.com/022692_sugar_xylitol_stevia.html

http://www.marksdailyapple.com/sugar-cravings/#axzz2KXSKYvk6