Forget carrots – drinking red wine is good for eyesight and can prevent eye disease in later life, according to a leading surgeon. Consultant ophthalmologist Milind Pande says the drink is beneficial because of its resveratrol content. The substance is found in the skin of grapes and is believed to help hold back the age-related deterioration of the muscles in the eyes which can lead to vision problems. Resveratrol also halts the growth of blood vessels in the eye – if they continue to grow they can cause macular degeneration – failing eyesight, said Mr Pande, of the Vision Surgery and Research Centre in Hull.
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Studies have hailed light to moderate alcohol consumption for numerous health benefits, including reduced likelihood of cardiovascular diseases and all-cause mortality. But in a new study published in The BMJ, researchers claim such benefits may have been “overestimated.”
More than half of us are regular drinkers, defined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as consuming at least 12 alcoholic beverages in the past year.
The health implications of heavy drinking are well documented. It has been associated with high blood pressure, stroke, liver diseases and cancer, among other conditions. But what about alcohol consumption in moderation? Is the odd glass of wine at the end of a hard day’s work bad for us?
Many studies suggest not. Last month, for example, research published in the European Heart Journal claimed drinking up to seven alcoholic drinks a week could protect against heart failure, while a study published in October 2014 found light alcohol use later in life may improve memory.
According to the background of this latest research, however, many of the studies associating alcohol use with health benefits are “contentious,” and the protective effects of alcohol may be confounded by categorizing former drinkers and never drinkers – who are often used as control participants – into one group.
“Specifically, former drinkers have been found to exhibit poorer self-reported health, higher levels of depression and increased risk of mortality than never drinkers,” note the authors, including Craig S. Knott of University College London in the UK…….
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Source:  Medical News today