In the book of First Timothy, Paul wrote to his young apprentice, giving him some clear instructions about what he was drinking and what he should also be drinking. He said, “No longer drink water exclusively, but use a little wine for the sake of your stomach and your frequent ailments.” Do you think that Paul knew something that we needed to know? Well, some obscure research seems to echo Paul’s advice.
The fact is, even right here in Florida we have over 20 wineries and wine has been made in our tropical environment for centuries, starting with the Spanish explorers. But is Wine a miracle drug?
Wine, A Miracle Drug
We came across some interesting research regarding wine and its effects on certain pathogens. The first study was conducted in 1988 by the Department of Pathology, Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee. The study was undertaken in order to discover how certain pathogens were effected within common beverages. They tested carbonated soft drinks, beer and wine, skim milk, and water. Each of them was presented with Salmonella, Shigella, and enterotoxigenic Escherichia coli over a 2 day period.
Of all of the beverages tested, wine afforded the poorest survival rate of the infectious pathogens, while the milk and water samples had the highest growth or furtherance of the pathogens which were introduced. The other beverages had other varying levels of growth or die off, but the wine seemed to be the best beverage to ward off potential illness introduced into the liquids.
Red Wine And Your Heart
It has been known for some time that red wine and some of the substances which it contains are good for the heart. These red wine compounds known as antioxidants and are believed to help prevent coronary artery disease, the condition that leads to heart attacks.
The antioxidants in red wine are called polyphenols. These specific compounds are believed to be the source that may help protect the lining of blood vessels inside your heart. One polyphenol called resveratrol is a substance within red wine that has gotten attention for its suspected health benefits. In fact, scientists believe that Resveratrol might help prevent damage to blood vessels, reduce the bad LDL or low-density lipoprotein cholesterol and even potentially prevent blood clots.
However, studies on resveratrol are mixed. Some research shows that resveratrol could be linked to a lower risk of inflammation and blood clotting, which can lower your risk of heart disease. While some other studies found no benefits from resveratrol in preventing heart disease.
Wine And Culture Signal Health Benefits
Whether in ancient times or in our current modern world, we know that certain countries and their cultures drink wine more regularly than the typical household in the United States. Some studies have suggested that cultures such as France and Italy have as much as 20% lower cancer rates in men and as much as 10% lower in women. Though a direct link to their moderate wine drinking cultural norms is not necessarily the reason, it is believed to be a contributing factor given all of the other scientific benefits of wine.
Why Is Wine Healthy?
Through our research on the health benefits of wine, one thing is clear. Though a lot of scientific researchers agree that there is something to wine and the positive effects it can have on some people, the actual reason why is a bit muddled. There are many studies that point to one compound or another contained within wine, as of yet there is not clear cut component that everyone agrees on as the driving element that drives the benefits. Some even suggest that it is a combined effect that is a result of multiple things within wine, including the alcohol that makes it a miracle drug. More studies are sure to come out with even more benefits and suspected reasons in the future, that we can assure you.
Moderation Is Key
Now to be clear, we do not recommend that you start drinking wine or other alcoholic beverages in order to improve your health, and we even suggest a stronger discouragement for those who have a family history of alcohol addiction. Additionally, the negative effects of too much alcohol is widely known, however, drinking wine moderately each week is clearly showing some pretty substantial benefits to your health. It turns out that the Apostle Paul may have had some heavenly knowledge way before the modern medical community. Take a little wine for your stomach’s sake.