findings indicate that regular consumption of a moderate amount of wine after
menopause helps to preserve the bone strength. A study conducted by researchers
from the University of Oregon found that two glasses of wine per day were
enough to lower the risks of osteoporosis in middle-aged and elderly women.
normal person, a balance between bone formation and bone loss helps to maintain
the structure and mineral content of the bone. Loss of this balance i.e.
excessive bone loss accompanied with less bone formation results in
osteoporosis or thinning of bones. Osteoporosis is a common condition affecting
postmenopausal women. It is usually treated with bisphosphonate medications
like alendronate and risedronate.
study found an easier and more pleasant way to treat osteoporosis. It was
conducted on 40 postmenopausal women around the age of 56 years. The
researchers found that women who consumed 19 grams or about two small glasses
of wine everyday had reduced bone loss, which improved the balance between bone
loss and new bone formation and helped them to maintain their bone strength.
The results were comparable to those obtained following the use of
It is important to emphasize that this benefit is obtained only with
moderate use of wine. A high wine intake is associated with increased chances
of fractures and should be avoided.