Does red wine have any health benefits?

Friday, 22 August 2014

I have a question about alcohol consumption, specifically when it comes to wines. I find that the general consensus among doctors is that all alcohol is bad for you, yet I have also heard that wine can be good for one’s health as it contains antioxidants. Do you agree? And if so, how much and how often? I have also heard that it’s better to stick to red wine rather than white.


Dr Graham Duncombe from Skin Body & Health Renewal responds:

“Hi reader, that is a very important question. Alcohol is widely used amongst the general population and the health problems that one develops are due to the amount consumed. We know that alcohol impairs reaction time and concentration at low levels which can lead to accidents, however at greater intake levels alcohol can cause stomach inflammation, pancreas inflammation and even alcohol poisoning. In the long term, alcohol has been associated with high blood pressure, high cholesterol, brain shrinkage, liver disease and colon cancer.

Wines contain polyphenols and antioxidants, especially the antioxidant resveratrol in red wines. Moderate wine intake has been shown to lower the incidence of heart disease to a point that the risk is even reduced more than in non-drinkers. Excessive intake increases the risk drastically once again. The current general recommended guidelines are one glass per day for women and two glasses per day for men.

Red wine contains more antioxidants, iron, magnesium, potassium and phosphorous than white wine in general, however both have similar calorie counts. White wine usually contains more sugar than red wine. Pinot Noir and Merlot have the highest levels of resveratrol and antioxidants and generally the drier the wine, the more healthy flavanoids it contains.”

Do you have a health-related question for Dr Duncombe? Ask him here.

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  1. Sithembile Mathe

    Very interesting info about wines I prefer dry wines good to know its healthy when its more dry.

    3 years ago •

  1. Liesl Nel

    I love white wine during the summer months, but am counting carbs, so it’s back to my beloved red. Interesting read, thanks!

    4 years ago •

  1. Mark Parr

    It shows the difference in wines, amazing

    4 years ago •

  1. Hess

    I did not know that about white wine! I will have to stick to Merlot I guess.

    4 years ago •

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