Alcohol is produced as a result of the fermentation of natural sugar with a catalyst which is mostly yeast. As it ferments, the natural sugar turns into carbon dioxide and ethyl alcohol. All alcoholic beverages contain ethyl alcohol.
Over the years, people are more concerned with the negative effects of consuming alcohol that they forget or refuse t o believe that something positive can be gotten or achieved from its consumption.
I am here to tell you that not everything we discard is actually useless. We are either just ignorant of its benefits or just adamant. Truth be told, the negative effect of alcohol when abused is enormous but it also has a number of benefits when taken moderately.
Below are 3 benefits of consuming the negatively tagged alcohol
- Prevents Gallstones
Moderate consumption of alcohol prevents gallstones. According to the American Journal of Public Health, 10 to 15 percent of Americans are plagued by gallstones. That is about 25 million people.
In accordance with the above review, moderate consumption of alcohol reduces gallstones formation and gallbladder motility. The consumption of 15 grams (1.88 units alcohol of about 400ml of regular beer of about 5% alcohol) of alcohol resulted in a 14 percent lower risk of gallstones.
According to a meta-analysis published in the European Journal of Gastroenterology &Hepatology in April 2017, consumption of 10 grams of alcohol per day resulted in a 12 percent lower risk of gallstones.
Too much of anything is bad and so is excess consumption of alcohol. Drink moderately.
- Checks Diabetes
Over 30 million Americans were struggling with diabetes in 2015, with about 1.5 million new cases diagnosed every year. World Health Organisation warns that those plagued by the disease are two to three times more likely to have a stroke or heart attack. They are also at risk for circulatory problems, nerve damage, kidney failure, and blindness.
As unbelievable as it may sound, moderate consumption of alcohol might help lower the risk of diabetes according to the American Journal of Public Health. Compare to nondrinkers, women who consume 10 grams per day have 40% fewer chances of developing the disease. Consumption of 10 to 15 grams of alcohol per day increases insulin sensitivity; thereby, prevents diabetes.
It has also been noted that consumption of 30 grams of alcohol per day might increase the risk of diabetes. Like I stated earlier, moderation is the key.
Since scientific research is subject to change, I advise you to take these findings with a grain of salt. If you suffer from the disease, consult your doctor whether or not you should consume alcohol.
- Improves Blood lipids
The major risk factor for stroke and heart disease is high cholesterol. Even so, not all cholesterol is the same. There are good and bad ones: Low-Density Lipoprotein (bad cholesterol) builds up inside our arteries and affects our cardiovascular health while High-Density Lipoprotein (good cholesterol) helps our body fight against Low-Density Lipoprotein.
According to April 2017 American Journal of Clinical Nutrition publication on “The Assessment of the Effects of Alcohol on Blood Cholesterol”, moderate consumption led to lower decreases in High-Density Lipoprotein (good cholesterol) level.
A research paper, published in the July 2012 edition of the journal Nutrients, indicates that wine and beer may improve cardiovascular health. It insinuates that these beverages are rich in polyphenols and other antioxidants with anti-inflammatory, anti-cancer, and hypotensive properties. When consumed moderately, they may lower the risk of cardiovascular problems and even cancer.
Once again moderation is the key. A glass of beer or red wine per day is likely safe. Play within the pitch and you’ll be good and healthy. And don’t forget to seek the consent of your doctor especially if you are under medications.
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Originally posted on 29/12/2020 @ 7:29 AM