Friday, June 21, 2013

VERY good news on red wine....

Today's Post:  Friday, 6-21-2013

I once met a doctor who believed that the health benefits of red wine were shared with other alcoholic drinks because moderate intake of ethanol, the alcohol in drinks, did seem to cause some heart protective effects.

Such drinking does tend to cause boosts in HDL cholesterol.  And, at the level of a drink a day for women and 2 drinks a day or a bit less for men a drink after dinner does seem to help your body take in food without generating as much of the bad form of LDL cholesterol.

And, the mild relaxation does help relieve stress if you don’t overdo the amount or make bad judgment moves from overdoing the amount.

1.  BUT there are some recent studies I just found out this week, that show that drinking red wine IS dramatically better for you than other kinds of alcoholic drinks!

2. AND, at the end of this post is some exciting new information on how to cut back on the bad effects of alcohol when you would like to do so.

I got the first set of information from a fat loss expert who gets results with his methods, Mike Geary.

His eBook is “The Truth About Abs.”  (See: .)

Truly, if you eat and exercise right well enough to remove the fat over your abdominal muscles, you have gone from much fatter to truly lean.

For most people, and particularly those under 60, Mike’s information gets those results.

And his advice is good enough to sharply improve fat loss and health results even for older people and those with extra problems losing fat!

I’m introducing Mike because I’ve used his content exactly.

And, I want him to benefit when readers see how good his stuff is and give him full credit:

-----Original Message-----
From: Mike Geary

Sent: Mon, Jun 17, 2013 11:59 am
Subject: Red wine and your gut? (important study results)

You are receiving this newsletter because you are a subscriber  to Mike Geary's Lean-Body Secrets Ezine from TruthAboutAbs.

Here's Mike:

"You've probably heard that red wine can be a very healthy drink option, but you most likely only heard about generic benefits of the antioxidants and resveratrol in red wine.

But here's another MAJOR reason below why red wine in moderation (1-2 glasses per day max) can be a super healthy part of your routine.  I personally have really grown to enjoy having a glass of red wine with dinner about 4-5 days per week.

A study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition (Am J Clin Nutr. 2012;95:1323-1334) reported that people who drank 2 glasses of red wine per day (dry red wine, not sugary dessert wines) had higher levels of beneficial bacteria in their gut and lower levels of pathogenic bad bacteria in their gut.  This is great news as you know from reading this newsletter how vastly important your gut flora balance is to everything from your digestion, immunity, metabolism, skin health, and much more.

The study concluded that while red wine consumption decreased pathogenic bacteria in the gut, it actually had a prebiotic effect in the gut in that it supported the growth and colonies of healthy gut microbes which protect your health.

But the powerful health benefits of red wine don't stop there...

Another exciting part of this study is that the red wine drinkers also decreased systolic and diastolic blood pressure, triglycerides, LDL cholesterol, and CRP (C-reactive protein).  CRP is a measure of overall inflammation in your body, so it's great to see an association between red wine and reduced inflammation.

The interesting part of the study is that red wine was compared against equivalent servings of gin (equivalent alcohol serving) and none of the benefits mentioned above were seen in the group consuming the gin.  This means the benefits were probably related to the polyphenols and resveratrol in red wine and not necessarily the alcohol content itself, although there is likely a synergistic effect of the alcohol and other compounds in red wine as the group receiving de-alcoholized red wine got less of a blood pressure benefit.

You can choose Cabernet, Merlot, Pinot Noir, Shiraz or any other dry red wine to get all of these powerful health benefits of the unique polyphenols and resveratrol.

Note that white wine also has some health benefits but not nearly as powerful as red wine due to the lower antioxidant levels. 

Another benefit of red wine not mentioned in the study above is that I've seen studies that show that red wine consumed with a meal can slow and moderate the blood sugar response you get from that meal.  This is yet another benefit to keeping your hormones balanced, controlling insulin levels, controlling appetite, and staying lean!

As you can see, there's plenty of reasons raise a glass of red wine at your meals and toast to your health and happiness!”

My comments:

Note that this information means that red wine in moderation tends to help with fat loss in several ways -- AND that these health benefits at least make the extra calories from the wine far less fattening than you might expect!

Also note that this means drinking red wine DOES have very positive heart health and immune system boosting effects. 

In particular, beneficial probiotic bacteria in your gut help boost your immune system enough you get fewer cases of colds and flu or any kind of infection in your stomach or intestines.

Being sick a lot less and keeping your heart health are very valuable effects.

Resveratrol and grape polyphenols are heart protective and may also promote longevity.  This study found that the alcohol in red wine acted as a catalyst to give these effects a VERY big boost!

AND, drinking can increase your blood pressure or make high blood pressure worse and often does.

Here again, moderate amounts of red wine may do the reverse for some people according to this study.  And, at the very least if your body tends to get higher blood pressure from drinking, choosing moderate amounts of red wine will minimize that effect!

In short. this study is VERY good news for people who drink moderate amounts of red wine and enjoy doing so.

2.  You have to be careful to avoid drinking more than moderate amount of any alcoholic beverage for safety reasons particularly for driving.  Plus this effect gets worse and happens at lower levels of drinking if you are at all short on sleep.

Then too sometimes people go to weddings and other events where they do wind up drinking more than moderate amounts.

That is often dangerous or unpleasant if not right then, the morning afterwards.

It’s important to have someone else drive or wait a good bit longer before driving if you drink that much – take a couple of hour nap perhaps instead of leaving immediately.

And, no matter what, if you drink a lot more and are tested by the police you can go over the legal limit and incur all kinds of horrible and expensive penalties.

But what if you could cause your liver to remove the put you to sleep effects, remove much of  the bad reaction times and over-reactions, and avoid a hangover too because it processed the alcohol faster or did much better at it?

What if you could get the mellow, happy feeling and NOT lose it from suddenly feeling whacked later?

What if this effect was so strong, your liver could not only do all this but stay in better health or even get healthier at the same time?


I found out that all these are real effects of a new supplement based on research done at UCLA!

(I found out about it after overhearing the owner say his customer taking it had gone to Italy and was able to drink as much as what his family was used to without getting too drunk to enjoy himself or be hung over the day after.)

Here’s the link I found with the information:

I also found that you can buy it online in addition to at a health food store local to you.  

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