Moderate Alcohol Intake Associated with Higher Levels of Omega-3 Fatty Acids

red wine A recent European study, IMMIDIET has found that moderate alcohol intake, most particularly wine intake, is associated with higher levels of omega-3 fatty acids in plasma and red blood cells.

IMMIDIET examined 1604 people from three different geographical areas, southwest London in England, Limburg in Belgium and Abruzzo in Italy. Through a comprehensive medical examination as well as a one year food frequency questionnaire to assess their dietary intake, including alcohol, IMMIDIET found that moderate alcohol consumption works like a trigger in the body, boosting the count of omega-3 fatty acids in our systems.

Omega-3 fatty acids are mainly found in fish and while many of us have probably heard of these fatty acids, it could be potentially dangerous to our health to not know how important they are to our diet. Due to their high blood concentration, omega-3 fatty acids are highly protective against coronary heart disease, ischemic stroke, as well as sudden cardiac death. The leading cause of death in women today is heart disease, so we can easily see the affect that omega-3 fatty acids have on our bodies and we can also easily see that women are obviously not receiving enough of these vital nutrients that could potentially save lives.

If you aren’t a big fish eater you are most likely not receiving the amount of omega-3’s you could be putting into your system, but because of this study all of you non-fish-eaters can receive the correct amount of these acids just by having a glass of wine. It has been proven that moderate wine consumption will give you those omega-3 fatty acids your body has been missing due to wine’s polyphenols. Polyphenols are naturally occurring compounds contained in a variety of foods and beverages, such as wine. Due to the antioxidant activity of wine, it is able to reduce the oxidation process caused by free radicals. This study has opened a wide door in the field of cardiovascular prevention.

Although this study looks very promising and will prevent heart disease, we must remember that this isn’t a get out of jail free card to alcoholism; the key word used in the study and within this article regarding alcohol consumption is moderate. It is important to make sure that you are not shocking your body, especially if you are not a frequent or social drinker to begin with and it is especially important to keep our bodies as well as our minds the healthiest that they can possibly be. In order to effectively prevent cardiovascular disease and keep your heart and body strong, women are urged to only drink one glass of wine per day and men are limited to two glasses.

To carry on the research, married couples have been recruited in the same three European areas.

One thought on “Moderate Alcohol Intake Associated with Higher Levels of Omega-3 Fatty Acids”

  1. I appreciate the article stressing that people need more Omega 3 in their diets.
    A glass a wine (and I enjoy a good wine) won’t even start to give you the Omega 3 fats you need.
    Our bodies work best with a ratio of 2:1 Omega 6 to 3.
    In our societies we average 20:1. If you don’t like fish get a good fish oil. They now come with a lemon flavour.

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