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Myth or truth: is a glass of red wine healthy every day?
You can hear or read from time to time that it is healthy to drink a glass of red wine every day. On the other hand, there are constant warnings about the risks of regular alcohol consumption. So isn't the tip sensible?
Resveratrol prevents diseases
Experts have long argued about whether red wine - in moderation - is healthy or whether it is better to avoid small quantities. Studies have confirmed that resveratrol contained in red wine has positive effects in diseases such as hardening of the arteries (arteriosclerosis), Alzheimer's, arthritis or heart diseases. However, there are always studies that relativize or negate the results of other studies. So what is it about the claim that the daily glass of red wine is good for your health?
Advantages and disadvantages weigh up
Professor Andreas Pfeiffer, head of the Medical Clinic for Endocrinology and Metabolic Medicine at the Charité Berlin Campus Benjamin Franklin, said in a message from the dpa news agency that this wisdom was fundamentally correct.
However, there are of course consequences of alcohol that put this into perspective. "The advantages and disadvantages of a moderate consumption are roughly balanced," said Pfeiffer. According to the doctor, ten to 20 grams of alcohol - that is almost 0.2 liters of wine - are considered moderate consumption for men and up to 30 grams of alcohol for men.
Small amounts of alcohol lower certain risks of disease
According to Professor Pfeiffer, alcohol, consumed in such an amount, reduces the frequency of heart attacks and the number of new cases of diabetes.
However, it has not yet been researched exactly why. But: "Alcohol promotes other causes of death." For example accidents, but also serious illnesses. Even low alcohol consumption can trigger seven different types of cancer, as scientists found.
Their analysis showed that alcohol is involved in the development of breast cancer, liver cancer and colon cancer, among others.
No request for regular wine consumption
Serious medical professionals should therefore probably not be asked to drink wine regularly to prevent illness. Some people stay away from red wine anyway. Not necessarily because of the alcohol, but because the grape juice is poorly tolerated for them.
This can be due to the substance histamine, which can lead to symptoms such as itching, headache, difficulty breathing, rapid heartbeat, nausea and gastrointestinal complaints in people with histamine intolerance (histamine intolerance). (ad)