Positive Effects Of Drinking Alcohol: Can Alcohol Lengthen An Individual’s Lifespan?

By Sammuel Larson, Parent Herald December 14, 05:00 am

Drinking alcohol is not that bad at all. The study shows that drinking alcoholic beverages could give our body some significant benefits. However, too much alcohol would imply some adverse effects to our body and even death, that's why alcohol must be taken moderately. Now the question is, how much is moderate?

Per Dietary Guidelines for Americans as Medical Daily reported, moderate drinking varies for men and women. For men, moderate means drinking two glasses of alcoholic drink everyday while for women is only a drink per day. This difference is because a man and a woman's body is different when it comes to type and structures.

There are several claims on the effects of alcohol in our body. While it's dangerous effects are prevalent, some would suggest it is somehow helpful, and others even say that our body needs it.

According to Yahoo, a woman named Pauline Spagnola from Pennsylvania credits her alcohol consumption for her long life. In the present Pauline is already 100 years old. She also added that her alcohol intake is moderate and that she only takes one to two glasses every day.

Pauline Spagnola is living proof that alcohol, once taken in moderation could have a significant positive effect on our body. But what is the reason behind?

Alcohol can make a significant contribution to diets. It provides certain B vitamins, minerals, polyphenols, and fiber. The actual composition of different drinks ranges considerably depending on the raw materials used and the way it is made.

In the past decade, there has been an increased interest in the potential health benefits of dietary plant polyphenols, due to their observed antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects. Epidemiological studies and associated meta-analyses suggest that the long-term consumption of diets rich in plant polyphenols including alcohol offers protection against the development of cancers, cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, osteoporosis and neurodegenerative diseases.

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