Researchers at Anglia Ruskin University in the UK have come across a surprising and exciting health benefit for wine lovers.
The study followed 446,439 participants over seven years and found that those who drank wine on a regular bases had a decreased risk of coronary heart disease. Compared to those who drank beer, cider and spirits had low levels and an increased risk of cancer, stroke, cardiovascular events, coronary heart disease and overall mortality.
The team behind the research said that wine benefits are usually not talked about because it is clumped with all other alcoholic drinks in varies studies. When wine gets taken out of the list of alcoholic drinks, researchers found that beer and spirits, when drank within the guidelines, meaning no more than 6 pints of alcohol a week in the UK, which is where the study started and no more than 10 standard drinks a week for Australians— an increased risk of cardiovascular disease by 30 per cent. While wine drinkers lowered their risk of coronary heart disease around five to 10% when consumed within the health guidelines.
"There is an undeniable protective beneficial relationship between coronary heart disease and consumption of both red and white wine," says Dr Rudolph Schutte from Anglia Ruskin University.
"However, this is only seen with coronary heart disease and none of the other cardiovascular diseases."
"This relationship is also seen for alcohol-free wine, so it suggests the benefits are thanks to the polyphenols in the wine rather than the alcohol."
Dr Schutte does say that wine can raise blood pressure and can be harmful to our health in other ways so be mindful about your intake.