The Effects Of Wine On Your Body
Yeah: Alcohol is a neurotoxin which can cause brain damage. Yeah, alcohol can cause cancer. And so, perhaps the consumption of alcohol cannot be considered a healthy lifestyle choice, since it’s an addictive carcinogen. But, cancer is only killer number 2 - Killer number 1 is heart disease. So, what about the French Paradox? Doesn’t moderate drinking protect against cardiovascular disease?
Apparently there is no French paradox; it seems that the whole thing have been just a scam - that’s what started the whole resveratrol fiasco. One episode on 60 Minutes suggested the red-wine component resveratrol may account for the French paradox, and research took off. Even after it turned out there was no French paradox, research continued unabated, culminating in 10,000 scientific publications to date.
A systematic analysis of data from the Global Burden of Disease Study in 2016, found that consumption of ethanol (Alcohol chemically known as ethanol) increases the risk of cancer and the risk of all-cause mortality. They concluded that the level of ethanol consumption that minimizes disease is zero consumption. The long-term use of alcohol is capable of damaging nearly every organ and system in the body. About 3.3 million deaths (5.9% of all deaths) are believed to be due to alcohol each year.
Previous assertions that low or moderate consumption of alcohol improved health (heart disease, stroke, diabetes mellitus…), have been deprecated by more careful and complete meta-analysis. A new study has extended some of these benefits to teetotalers, indicating that non-alcoholic red wine may be even more effective at lowering blood pressure in people who are high risk for heart attack.
The study included 67 men who had diabetes or heart disease risk factors. When they drank red wine with alcohol, their blood pressure went down a little, but when they drank non-alcoholic red wine, their blood pressure went down enough to lower their risk of heart disease by 14% and stroke by as much as 20%.
The real health benefits in red wine are not coming from the alcohol as it was believed before, but found in its powerful antioxidants called Polyphenols. Non-alcoholic red wine significantly improves arterial function; so there are grape components trying to help, but the presence of alcohol counteracts and erases the benefit.
The researchers have shown that polyphenols lowered blood pressure by raising blood levels of nitric oxide, which relaxes the arteries and allows blood to circulate more freely.
Ramon Estruch, MD, PhD of the University of Barcelona in Spain says, the non-alcoholic part of the wine namely polyphenols, exert a protective effect on the cardiovascular system. Continue saying, that Polyphenols also have anti-inflammatory properties that may be useful to prevent other disease such as diabetes.
Nitrate Oxide And Brain Health
As we age, our cerebral blood flow drops – "the amount of blood flowing through our brain", which is due to an age-related decrease in the production of nitric oxide. This reduction in blood flow to the brain may be a major risk factor for the impairment of cognitive function and development of neurodegenerative diseases, such as dementia.
The production of nitric oxide in our brain can be boosted by the consumption of wine, as well as other nitrate-rich products like organic beetroot juice.
Okay, but can improved blood flow, translate into improved cognitive function! Studies have shown that when people are put through a demanding set of tasks, you can see acute improvements in cognitive performance after drinking two cups of organic beet juice. The tasks they’re talking about are like counting "backwards in threes" for minutes at a time. These results suggest that the increased level of nitric oxide synthesis in the body can modify brain function.
Yeah, but can it improve the structure of your brain? Things like cognitive training and aerobic exercise can actually affect the structure of the human brain. There’s something called neuroplasticity, where your brain can adapt, changing its configuration as you learn to play piano for example.
We used to think only younger brains could do this, but now we know it can occur in the aging brain as well. In a test, after a six-week exercise program, measuring connectivity between various parts of the participants brain that control movement, researchers could prove that the exercise plus beetroot juice group developed brain networks that more closely resembled those of younger adults, showing the potential enhanced neuroplasticity conferred by combining exercise and nitrate-rich products.
Nowadays, the Halal certified non-alcoholic wine is available in the market, so Muslims and those who do not want to drink alcohol can consume non-alcoholic wine and enjoy its benefits.
The term "non-alcoholic", is often used to describe a drink that contains 0.0% ABV "alcohol by volume". Such drinks are permitted by Islam and are popular in countries that enforce alcohol prohibition, such as Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, and Iran.
The non-alcoholic drinks are usually available where alcoholic drinks are sold. For easier and direct access of those who want to take advantage of this healthy drink, Halal In Japan is introducing a collection of Halal certified non-alcoholic Wine and Beer which can be purchased online in Japan.
Now that Halal Wine is available, everyone can benefit from what it offers; whether you’d like to use it as a health drink or for cooking, to make a delicious sauce with a new taste.
Visit our collection of Halal certified non-alcoholic Wine and see which you would like to try first!