At the round table 'Health and Wine' that was hosted today in the full to the brim Lecture Hall 4, a group of specialists highlighted, among others, the anticancerigenous, cardio-protector, antiage and mental benefits of consuming wine in moderation, even as opposed to teetotalism.
Lecture Hall 4 was almost too small for the number of participants in the round table "Wine and Health" that was hosted today at the National Trade Fair on Wine, which is taking place in the Ciudad Real trade fair grounds. The numerous beneficial effects of consuming wine in moderation were made manifest during the round table, these ranging from cardio-protector to anticancerigenous elements that are healthy for the skin and act against ageing and antioxidant agents "that are good for practically all of the organism's systems," according to that stated by the coordinator of the forum and manager of the Ciudad Real General Hospital, Jesús Fernández Sanz.
During the opening of the activity, which is sponsored by 'Vinos de la Tierra de Don Quijote', Fernández Sanz highlighted that investigations currently in course at the Ciudad Real Hospital and University of Castilla-La Mancha on phenol compounds "are indicating that wine could have an anticancerigenous effect." He also mentioned the study being made on twenty "anti-ageing" food products, in which wine is taking over the first place, along with other products such as apples, soy or chocolate.
Eduardo Rodríguez Sánchez, digestology specialist, then took the first turn as a speaker, exploring the definitions of wine and health. In the opinion of the specialist, wine is above all a vital experience, a live substance under continuous transformation and as ancient as humanity itself, "finding references that date back to the Neolithic period and Greece, where cultivation and pressing of grapes was already a common activity," without forgetting the symbiosis that exists between religion and the Deity. He also reminded the audience that health, according to the World Health Organization, is the perfect state of physical, psychic and mental well-being, and "I would add social well-being" and wine, he continued "is a perfect element that favors mental and social health." Already in the year 5400 B.C. the beneficial cardiotonic effects of wine were known, he indicated. In summary, he said, "wine is not expensive, it is good, it makes you feel good and on top of that, it is blessed by the gods."
Once immersed in his specialty, he underscored that wine is a powerful stimulant of the peristaltism, a relaxant, with bacterial effects at an intestinal level, also helping, "when enjoyed in moderation," the gastric juices to digest more quickly, hence favoring evacuation of the stomach.
In that pertaining to partaking of wine, he affirmed that the daily consumption limits should not be exceeded, these being about 15 to 20 grams of alcohol for men and 15 grams for women, which translates into about two or three glasses of wine for men and about one or one and a half glasses for women.
Miguel Aguirre Sánchez-Covisa, endocrinologist, is also of the same opinion, making reference to a series of experimental studies, such as the one published in the British Medical Journal in the past month of February, which clearly indicated that moderate consumption of wine favors metabolic changes aimed at reducing cardiovascular risk or the increase of good cholesterol. He also valued a series of other studies covering the beneficial effects of antioxidants such as resveratrol, which acts as an anti-ageing element, improving the immune system and reducing insulin resistance, apart from other reports that are indicating that it is better to consume a moderate amount of wine than to be a teetotaler, "as mortality is reduced in about 20 to 30% in those persons who consume wine."
The chat imparted by Ignacio Sánchez, cardiologist-hemodynamics specialist, was also of great interest, mentioning as he did different studies that reflect an improvement in the metabolism of cholesterol, favoring elimination of bad cholesterol, and other studies such as one carried out in Barcelona, that deals with the anti-inflammatory and anti-fibrosis effects of wine, which lead to avoiding atheromatosis.
Wine helps to avoid coronary disease
He also talked about wine's beneficial effects in halting or avoiding coronary disease, as it protects the arteries and veins, hence resulting in this pathology being less frequent in moderate consumers of wine than in teetotalers.
He also highlighted the important effects it has on the brain, "as wine helps to avoid Alzheimer", apart from the protective advantages it has in cancers, such as lung, prostate and breast cancer, and even leukemia… then adding that "it eliminates the toxicity of radiotherapy in up to 75%."
He also underscored the antioxidant agents such as flavonoids and resveratrol, "which is an antifungal that creates the strain that avoids colonization of fungus, the same obtained from the grape's skin, and it is an even better antioxidant than vitamin E." In this sense he clarified that red wines have a greater amount of polyphenols than white wines "because the grape skin ferments with the wine," although as in the varieties, each of these are different.
The fourth and penultimate turn was for Luis Beato, psychiatrist, who started by talking about the trade fair, "which I had never visited before and I must say that it has been quite an impact." In the opinion of this specialist in eating disorders, the problem does not reside in the substance, but in the person. In the opinion of the psychiatrist, wine has a relaxing effect, which facilitates communication between people, something that the population is in dire need of, increasingly depressed as it is due to factors such as obesity, lack of physical exercise, lack of resources, inequality and social isolation.
The second round table on "Wine and Health" in FENAVIN's history reached its conclusion with the participation of Javier Paulino Tévar, physician and rheumatologist, who considers that a glass of wine enjoyed with friends is far more useful and effective than taking a pill. Fuster and Rojas Marcos, he pointed out, defend the connection between the mind and body and talk about the importance of empathy, of the curative effect of optimism. In Javier Paulino's opinion, wine is a "real, effective and cheap remedy, which is far less harmful than any anti-inflammatory medication "which simply gives the stomach a case of the shivers."