Is Wine Drinking Good for Women’s Health?
by Sarah Collins, Demand Media
I was going to share this article on a “Wine Wednesday”, but in honor of National Drink Wine Day, I decided to post today – hey it’s 5:00 on a Wednesday somewhere – or least it could be after a few glasses of Pinot Grigio!
Clink Clink Cheers – Drink Responsibly!
You might associate a glass of wine with girl’s night out or a way to relax after a difficult day — but you can link it to your health as well. Wine plays a role in your health in an obvious way when it comes to over consuming calories and making healthy decisions when you’re a little tipsy, but it can also benefit — and harm — your health in ways you may never have realized.
Protect Your Heart
Antioxidants known as flavonoids found in red wine might help protect women from cardiovascular disease, according to research published in 2007 in the “American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.” Flavonoids come from the skins of grapes; white wine is made without the skins, so it’s a lesser source of these healthful compounds. According to Yale-New Haven Hospital, cabernet sauvignon, petit syrah and pinot noir have the highest concentration of flavonoids.
Don’t get too excited, though — bran, apples, pears, grapefruit, strawberries and chocolate, along with red wine, were all linked to a lower risk of cardiovascular disease or coronary heart disease in the study. In another study, published in 2011 in the “Journal of Wine Research,” women experienced a decreased risk of metabolic syndrome — a cluster of conditions that leads to heart disease — if they drank one glass of wine a day.
Breast Cancer: The Jury’s Still Out
Although alcohol has been linked to increased risk of breast cancer, a study published in 2012 in the “Journal of Women’s Health” disputed the notion, particularly in the case of red wine. In the study, women were assigned to drink either red or white wine; researchers found that women who drank red wine had higher levels of aromatase inhibitors, which are used to treat breast cancer, due to the chemicals in the skin of the grapes used for making red wine. White wine didn’t appear to have the same effect. According to the co-author of the study, this doesn’t mean that white wine increases the risk of breast cancer, but it might not offer the same protective benefits as red wine. However, researchers note that more work needs to be done.
A Sharper Mind
If you want to stay sharp into your golden years, drinking a moderate amount of wine regularly may help. Research published in 2010 in “Acta Neurologica Scandinavica” looked at the cognitive performance of more than 5,000 men and women for a period of seven years. Although both men and women who drank wine moderately did better on the cognitive tests after seven years, the study found that woman who abstained from alcohol entirely had a lower cognitive performance on the tests.
Watch Out for Overconsumption
A woman’s body processes alcohol, including wine, differently than a man’s body. This means women get drunk more quickly and show signs of liver damage earlier, according to an article by Amy Robach from ABC News. One serving of wine — the recommended amount per day — is just 5 ounces, says the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This amount of wine contains approximately 120 calories, depending on the variety — a few of those in one night can add up quickly, leading to weight gain and associated health risks.
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Like walnuts and flaxseeds, salmon contains a healthy dose of omega-3 fatty acids, which can help reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease. One study found that women who ate omega-3-rich fish twice per week significantly lowered their chances of heart failure later in life. Other research has shown that eating just 3 oz of salmon twice per week can increase levels of HDL (the good cholesterol).
Salmon has also been credited with aiding in sun protection and improved cognitive function especially in middle-aged adults, and who couldn’t use a boost of brain power (hands up!)
This week’s Superfood Friday Feature is
Salmon in a Pouch
I like to purchase my salmon on the same day that I am going to cook it and it must be pink without a fishy smell. For this recipe, I chose to bake it in the oven in parchment paper. To garnish the salmon, I used frozen mixed sweet peppers, zucchini, lemon rings and Old Bay Seasoning salt.
Rinse Salmon filet under cool running water before placing it on a sheet of folded parchment paper.
Wash then slice zucchini to cover the salmon along with fresh or frozen sweet peppers, four pats of butter, lemon rings and seasoning salt.
Fold parchment paper over, crimping the sides then spray with cooking oil.
There’s something about eating cornbread with fish, so I make some skillet bread and placed in the oven along with the salmon. Both were baked in a pre-heated oven at 350 degrees.
Salmon cooked for 30-40 mins, until pink and flaky, then served with brown rice and cornbread.
How do you like to cook your fish?
Stay Blessed ~ No Stress in 2014!
Hello Friends and Happy Hump Day Wednesday!
Remember last month when I started my birthday at the Glasgow Medical Center taking tests, well the results are in and although not all of them were abnormal, one was a bit disconcerting. I am Vitamin D deficient.
Me…the dunking of Oreos into a big glass of milk…me….the Kahlua mixed with milk drinking…me….the daily eating of cottage cheese in salads…me…the tomato and cheese sandwich eater…me…the yogurt spooning, sun worshiping me is Vitamin D deficient – REALLY, how does that happen?
Vitamin D deficiency is more common in women, people of color, obese people, senior citizens and breast-fed infants. For 52 years I have been in good health, other than the normal bumps and bruises and a few minor cuts as a child I have been the picture of health. Only two hospitalizations, the first was 21 years ago when I had to have a Cesarean Section giving birth to #1 son, and the second was four years ago for Urethral Diverticula,
So how does one go from that to this…simple
Now don’t get me wrong, I know there are millions of people with ailments, diseases and disabilities far worse than being Vitamin D deficient, so I’m not crying, “woe is me”. I’m just passing along a little information that I’ve learned since my diagnosis, because more than half of the US population could also be Vitamin D deficient.
Vitamin D is really a hormone rather than an actual vitamin and it is needed for calcium absorption required for bone growth and density. 90% of our Vitamin D comes from directly from the sun, but darker complexions do not absorb as much due to the melanin in our skin.
Body fat interferes with how Vitamin D is formed as well as age, after 50 we are less able to produce Vitamin D. Vitamin D stimulates muscle growth which is important especially for older women who are more susceptible to bone softening osteoporosis. Low Vitamin D levels have also been associated with the increased risk of death from cardiovascular disease, cognitive impairment and cancer.
Symptoms may be subtle but they include:
- Joint pain
- leg cramps
- muscle pain or weakness/cramping
- sleep interruption or insomnia
- poor concentration or memory
- bladder or bowel issues (urgency/frequency or constipation/diarrhea)
The best way to determine if you have a Vitamin D deficiency or to determine the best dosage you need for your body, your blood levels must be tested. Levels may be lower in the winter and higher in the summer, but this chart shows the categories of those levels.
There are several online sites including www.webmd.com where you can get additional information but for me, the bottom line is that I need to increase my Vitamin D intake, including taking a supplement of at least 2000 mg; eat more foods fortified with Vitamin D such as milk, butter, yogurt, orange juice, and oily fish and of course hang out in the sun more and you know me…I love hanging poolside…so a trip to The Bahamas may be just what the doctor orders!
Have a fantabulous day – Smooches!