Anyone who knows me knows that I like to indulge in a glass of red wine on occasion (or many occasions), and lucky for me I have a built-in designated driver living with me. I am not encouraging anyone to start drinking wine, but if you already do, you might be as happy as I was when I saw the below article discussing the research on this beverage.

You’ve probably heard that a glass of red wine offers some health benefits, such as reducing the risk of heart attack, stroke and heart disease. One study also suggests that a compound called resveratrol, found in red wine and grapes, also could be used to suppress inflammation. Upper respiratory inflammatory diseases, like asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases (COPD) and middle ear infections are common throughout the U.S.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 17.7 million U.S. adults suffer from asthma, and 8.7 million have been diagnosed with COPD.

“These diseases can be very serious; COPD is the third leading cause of death in the America,” says Dr. Clifton Clarke, a pulmonologist at Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center in Chicago. “An important characteristic of these diseases is inflammation, and new research exploring ways to control that inflammation is critical.” According to the study, resveratrol may suppress inflammation and can help reduce it even after infection.

Dr. Clarke is optimistic about the new research, but he warns against using red wine as a means to stay healthy, pointing out that drinking in moderation is key.

“Red wine may have some health benefits, but I don’t suggest drinking it to improve your health,” says Dr. Clarke. “A glass every now and then or with dinner is fine, but drinking too much can result in serious damage to your health.”

Source: Advocate Aurora Health by Health enews Staff

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