Some foods and drinks receive a bad rap, such as alcohol and caffeine but this is mainly because they are misunderstood. Red wine and caffeine do have some benefits to health if they are not consumed in massive quantities. The expression, everything in moderation can definitely apply when it comes to red wine and caffeine. Let us take a closer look at both of these substances.
Red wine has been researched thoroughly and it is well documented that it is good for the heart as it can help to prevent the onset of a stroke or heart attack because of the flavonoids that are inherent in it. Other sources of flavonoids are dark chocolate and tea.
Studies looking closely at red wine have discovered an interesting fact- individuals who consume a couple of glasses of red wine on a weekly basis live a longer life span than people who never touch red wine. Red wine also tends to be a good way to relieve stress but only if it is consumed in small quantities.
Red wine is also capable of lowering cholesterol levels in the blood and it helps to raise the levels of HDL or good cholesterol in much the same way as exercise does. Senior citizens who consume a few glasses of red wine on a consistent basis are believed to be at a lower risk of developing any kind of mental illness or mental disability.
Red wine is particularly beneficial for women because it keeps their estrogen levels where they should be and it is effective at absorbing calcium and therefore can help keep osteoporosis at bay. On a short-term basis and drank in extreme moderation red wine can be beneficial but if it becomes too much of a habit then alcohol abuse takes over. Many people decide to drink on the weekends only because that is when they relax and unwind but red wine is actually more beneficial to health if you did a glass of it every other night.
Coffee and Fats
Most people do not think that caffeine is good fro the body at all except for enabling a person to stay awake longer which is helpful if you need to study or work late. Unknown to many is that coffering provides a boost to the metabolism.
Caffeine helps to speed up the metabolism process, which explains why it is the number one ingredient in many popular diet pills. The way it works is that caffeine is effective at breaking down fat as it releases fatty acids in the system, which burns calories. As the process of fat breaks down the blood sugar and amino acids in the body remain on high alert.
Low blood pressure in this way is what you experience when you are famished. Be aware though that this does not mean that you should go wild in drinking coffee, chocolate milk or soda pop. It has been shown through studies that soda actually helps to put on pounds. By giving up one can of soda per day it is possible to lose an estimated 15 pounds in the run of a calendar year.
Some evidence shows that caffeine may help to alleviate headaches. It is the stimulants that make up caffeine that help to disrupt the symptoms of a headache and cause it to go away. When you have a headache reach for a small portion of coffee, tea or cocoa and it can be hot or cold as both work equally well.
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