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Monday, 28 July 2014 13:49

Can wine trigger migraine attacks?

Studies suggest that in individuals prone to migraine attacks, red wine may trigger headaches and migraine attacks in less than 1/3 of the cases. The idea of migraine attacks triggered by food and beverages (red wine in particular) has been disseminated for centuries. Physicians from the Headache Centre of Rio de Janeiro carried out a literature review from the last 30 years on wine and headache. In addition, available technical literature and websites about wine, grapes, and wine making were…
Moderate intake of alcoholic beverages seems to be associated with lower risks of abdominal aortic aneurysm. An abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) is an abnormal area of localised widening (ballooning) of the abdominal aorta, exceeding the normal diameter by more than 50%. The wall of an aneurysm is weaker than that of a normal artery wall. The pressure of the blood inside the artery causes the weaker section of the wall to balloon. This normally does not cause any symptoms. Occasionally,…
When drinking more concentrated alcoholic beverages such as spirits on an empty stomach, it will result in a higher blood alcohol concentration than when the same amount of ethanol is consumed in the form of wine or beer. Because the absorption rate of ethanol is greater than the rate of elimination, both the amount of ethanol consumed and the rate of absorption are the key factors determining the peak blood alcohol concentration (BAC). The alcohol dehydrogenases enzymes in the liver…
The results of a recent study indicated that a moderate consumption of alcoholic beverages can positively affect the metabolic syndrome. The associations between self-reported alcohol consumption patterns and metabolic health was examined by US scientists in a sample of 7432 adults (≥ 20 years) who were participants in the 1999-2006 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey. In this study population, moderate alcohol consumption (MAC, defined as less than 2 drinks/d for men and less than 1 drink/d for women) was…
The results of a recent study showed that moderate red wine consumption can positively affect the blood flow parameters of healthy volunteers. This evidence can help to explain the French paradox. Several epidemiological studies have ascertained that regular and moderate consumption of alcoholic beverages reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD) and have observed a J-shaped association as a function of alcohol intake. This J-curve has also been shown between alcohol intake and total mortality with the lowest at 2-4…
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