Many of us have heard the phrase, â€œRed wine is heart healthy.â€ From thisÂ statement many of us began to assume that red wine was good for our hearts, and drinking red wine was a good prevention for heart disease. Yet, not many of us know the supportive evidence behind this phrase. Dictionary.com (2011) defines a rumor as, â€œA story or statement in general circulation without confirmation or certainty as to facts,â€ which is what this phrase is â€“ a statement that has been spread without definite evidence. According to the staff at Mayo Clinic, red wine does have some possible hearth healthy properties (â€œRed,â€ 2011). For instance, research indicates that Resveratrol may assist in lowering the low density lipids and help in the prevention of unwanted blood clot formation.
When talking about heart disease prevention, lowering low density lipids and
decreasing the probability of clot formation in your blood stream also
decreases the probability of developing heart failure (â€œRed,â€ 2011). However,
the research that has provided the links between Resveratrol in red wine and
its heart healthy properties were clinical experiments conducted on mice not
humans. Furthermore, it should be clarified that even if the studies done on
the mice would reflect the same effects on humans, a human would need â€œâ€¦to
drink over 60 liters of red wine every dayâ€ in order to receive the proven
heart healthy benefits (â€œRed,â€ 2011).
In an article produced by Mayo Clinic, it was concluded that red wine may have â€œâ€¦even more hearth-healthy
benefits than other types of alcohol, but it is possible that red wine is not any better than beer, white wine orÂ liquor for the heart healthâ€ (â€œRed,â€ 2011). In fact, this article did not recommend anyone to begin drinking redÂ wine as a heart disease prevention method. The faculty at Mayo Clinic determined that theÂ Â harmful effects that alcohol has on the body greatly outweighed any possible benefits that the red wine may provide.
Therefore, is red wine really heart healthy? Studies are inconclusive. Should someone begin to drink red wine for
its heart healthy properties? According to Mayo Clinic standards â€“ â€œnoâ€ is the answer.
Truth be told, drinking one
alcoholic beverage on a daily basis does not appear to be harmful for a person
25 years or older. So, if you are of age, it is up to you to decide whether to
drink or not. Around age 25 is considered the age at which the pre-frontal
cortex has completed its development.
This area of the brain helps with critical thinking, governs impulse and
exercises judgment among other very important aspects of brain development and
drinking before this age can have a negative effect.
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