For years, we have heard that wine is good for you. Actually, the opposite is true. It’s quite harmful for you. When you drink wine, your body sets off a ton of inflammatory chemicals. These chemicals are the stuff that makes you turn gray, causes pain, and adds wrinkles.

Alcohol also steals thiamine from your brain. Thiamine is what your brain runs on. When you drink alcohol, it makes it harder for you to remember things, to find that word you’re looking for, or remember where you put something.

In the case of alcohol poisoning or abuse, or in people who are very sick, there is a thing called a banana bag. A banana bag is a bag of thiamine and other nutrients that is given via an IV to help replenish the missing thiamine. They cost about $100 a pop! It’s much easier to just avoid things that zap your thiamine in the first place, things like alcohol, coffee, smoking, and certain prescription drugs.

In a study done on rats who were intoxicated for 90 days, they gave half of the rats thiamine for 30 days, and the other half just dried out by themselves. In those 90 days, there was already damage to the brain and liver. The rats that got the thiamine had a reversal of the damage, whereas the other rats did not.

There is a connection to thiamine depletion, and the autoimmune disease Hashimoto’s thyroiditis. Three people who have Hashimoto’s had low thiamine and problems with fatigue. They were given high doses of thiamine, 600 mg daily for 3 months, or 100 mg/ml given intravenously every four days. Upon revaluation, their thiamine levels were up, and their fatigue was less. This does not mean that it’s the case for all Hashimoto’s sufferers; there need to be more than three people tested. To verify this, further research is needed, but it is something to keep in mind.

Read the full article here: Willing To Lose Your Mind For Wine? How ‘bout Coffee?