At the end of 2012, the University of Leicester in the United Kingdom offered strong evidence that drinking the odd glass of wine may in fact hold more benefits for its consumer than just being something that goes down well with a nice sirloin steak. In fact they offered evidence that people who drink at least one glass of wine a week, were less likely to be diagnosed with bowel cancer than teetotalers and drinkers of other alcoholic beverages such as beer and spirits.
Contrary to previous studies where it was believed that there was absolutely no benefit to drinking the odd glass of wine, now new studies show that wine actually contains beneficial chemicals that can help fight off bowel cancer.
Bowel cancer is the second largest cause of death in the U.K. after lung cancer, where it is estimated that over 18,000 British die from the disease every year. Such a large number of cancer patients puts a huge strain on the United Kingdom’s Social Security System, costing taxpayers millions of pounds every year.
Researchers from the State University of New York also backed up this theory after 1,500 people were subjected to examinations where polyps (growths that are believed to provoke cancer), were investigated for their presence on the bowel walls of those who were studied.
It was found that only 1% of red wine drinkers had a significant amount of these polyps present on their bowel walls, in comparison to 12% of non-drinkers, and 18% of beer and spirit drinkers who had considerably more.
For many years, drinking red wine has been associated with the prevention of heart disease, where studies show that people who drink at least two glasses of wine a day cut the risk of being diagnosed with heart disease by up to 25 percent, due to its richness in antioxidant chemicals (flavonol) which are associated with the cleaning of arteries and preventing them clogging.
Research also shows that sufferers of diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease, may also benefit from drinking the odd glass cup of wine. Although, wine drinkers in general are associated with living a healthier life when it is drank in moderation, usually resulting in out-living many of its abstainers.
Even individual types of wines are said to be more beneficial than others. Such as, Cabernet Sauvignon which has a high content of resveratrol (a powerful antioxidant) is associated with both Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease, and Chablis which is rich in manganese which is associated with arthritis and soothing joint pains.