Another Reason to Drink Wine


The list of the health benefits of wine, especially red wine, keeps growing. Research has sound that moderate consumption has countless health benefits for the heart, fighting cancers, promoting long wife and more. Now, a new study details another beneficial reason to drink wine – it can lower the prevalence of kidney disease.

A daily glass of wine can help kidneys stay healthy, according to new research presented today at a National Kidney Foundation meeting in Las Vegas. The study showed that those who drank less than one glass a day, compared to non-drinkers, had a lower prevalence of chronic kidney disease (CKD). For those who already have kidney disease, adding a moderate amount of wine to the diet helps mitigate the risk for developing cardiovascular problems, which is a common risk for kidney disease patients.

Researchers at the University of Colorado-Denver looked at the wine intake of the nearly 6,000 participants in the National Health and Nutrition Examination survey. Using the 2003-2006 survey data, they found that participants who drank less than a glass of wine each day had less CKD than non-drinkers. Researchers also found that the 1,031 participants who already had CKD, and drank less than a glass of wine daily, had a lower risk of heart disease than non-drinkers.

The reasons for the effects shown are not known for sure. The study suggests wine protects against kidney disease and, for those with kidney disease, protects from heart disease, but there was no firm cause and effect conclusion.

It is known that drinking moderate amounts of wine is linked with lower protein levels in urine. In those with kidney disease, higher protein levels in urine are a sign of that the disease has increased or has an increased risk of progression. The polyphenols in wine are anti-inflammatory and antioxidants, which may lead to the protective heart effect.

Wine has been suggested as a health aide, digestion aide, and disinfectant for centuries. The new findings are consistent with previous medical research on wine and kidney health. In addition, it adds to the countless benefits espoused about red wine in recent years:

  • Drinking two to seven glasses of wine each week reduces the risk of depression.
  • Moderate consumption can reduce the rate of bowel tumors 50 percent.
  • Compounds found in red wine keep blood vessels healthy which adds to lifespan.
  • Red wine has chemicals that lower the risk of developing breast cancer for premenopausal women.
  • Moderate drinkers of red wine have a 23 percent lower risk of dementia that people who rarely or never consume wine.
  • Red wine consumption reduces lung cancer risk, including in smokers.
  • Moderate wine drinkers had higher levels of omega-3 fatty acids in their blood, which protects against heart disease.
  • Consumption can cut the risk of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease in half.
  • Males who moderately drink red wine were 52 percent as likely to get prostate cancer as those who never drink wine.

A glass of wine can help relax after a long hard day, make dinner more enjoyable and relaxing and, according to the latest research, add to kidney health. So, here is to more reasons to drink wine nightly.

By Dyanne Weiss

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