Wine prevents thinning of bones.
Recent 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.
AdvertisementIn a 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.
The 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 bisphosphonates.
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.