Like coffee, wine can also be a healthful addition to an anti-aging diet. In excess, it is destruc-
tive to the body and dangerous to the liver. European countries that use it as a balanced accom-
paniment to their meals enjoy great health benefits. Several new studies back this up. A glass a
day extends life. One reason may be its effect on inhibiting plaque in the brain, thus prevent-
ing age related neuronal disorders. It also helps the breakdown of collagen in the skin, conse-
quently moderate wine drinkers are at less risk for an aging and wrinkled face. How about that?
One glass per day for women, and up to two for men, lowers harmful LDL cholesterol.
Be careful though, mama, a recent, major 2011 study published in the Journal of the American
Medical Association showed that women process alcohol differently to men. Drinking more
than one alcoholic drink per day for females can go against health, rather than promote it.
Women who drink more than one glass a day showed a modest 15% higher risk for breast
cancer compared to women who drank less. Therefore, sip slowly and stick to no more than
one 5 oz. glass.
Of course, you do not need to become a wine drinker on this plan. And please, don’t even
begin if you know you have the genetic potential to abuse it. If there has been alcohol abuse
in your past, or in your family, you are probably best to stay well away from wine altogether. There is exciting information coming out about a substance called resveratrol, which is
found in the skins of the grapes in red wine. It turns on the life extension gene in our bodies,
previously only known to kick in with reduced calorie diets. Resveratrol aids in weight control,
especially in the mid section, and energy function. This supplement may be a great idea if you
want to stay away from wine.
Never drink sweet wines! Always opt for dry, as these have very few carbs. Red wines, like
Pinot and Cabernet Sauvignon are excellent. Dry, white wines can also be used, but they do
not have the incredible resveratrol factor. If you’d prefer less alcohol content, a half glass of dry
white wine mixed with sparkling water is a good alternative. Please do not send us letters about
the evils of wine. Jesus performed miracles with it and wine was definitely a biblical beverage.
This was not grape juice as some like to argue. Fermentation played an integral role in enabling
populations to have enough to eat and drink in that day as there was no refrigeration.
Some wives may have husbands who like to have beer sometimes. It is very detrimental to a
macho body. Beer tends to end up making men look pregnant once they are over 30 years and
their cells are more resistant to insulin. You could suggest the idea of dry wine to your husband
in place of beer. If sipping wine doesn’t appeal to his manliness, and he would still like to swig
a beer on the odd occasion, we only approve ultra light beers because the carb content has been
greatly reduced to less than three carbs. Of course, your husband may not care a whit what we
approve or do not approve, that’s fine too. But, you could gently share the science with him.
You don’t need to say, “Serene and Pearl say . . .” He might get sick of hearing sentences that
start out like that (if he’s anything like our husbands). We’re sure you could find creative ways
to share the information with him that will not turn him off upon hearing our names, or this