A Glass of Wine a day, keeps the Doctor Away!
Whether you’re a classic merlot drinker, a spicy shiraz lover, or keep things fruity with a cool zinfandel, there’s something magical about these burgundy-colored beverages.
From the vineyards to the glass, the winemaking process is an art all in itself, and the results it leaves you with are pretty damn wonderful. Rumor even has it that drinking a glass of red wine is the same as getting an hour of exercise… yeah, that’s some crazy stuff.
So take a night off from the gym, sit back, pour yourself a glass of cab, and have a read. After all, if Rumi and Martin Luther have something to say about the matter, it must be important. Cheers.
Red wine, in moderation, has long been thought of as heart healthy. The alcohol and certain substances in red wine called antioxidants may help prevent coronary artery disease, the condition that leads to heart attacks.
Doctors don’t recommend that you start drinking alcohol for heart benefits, especially if you have a family history of alcohol addiction. Too much alcohol can have many harmful effects on your body.
But if you already enjoy a glass of red wine with your evening meal, drinking it in moderation appears to help your heart.
Antioxidants in red wine called polyphenols may help protect the lining of blood vessels in your heart. Alcohol itself may have some protective effects when consumed in moderation.
The resveratrol in red wine comes from the skin of grapes used to make wine. Because red wine is fermented with grape skins longer than white wine, red wine contains more resveratrol.
Simply eating grapes or drinking grape juice might be a way to get resveratrol without drinking alcohol. Red and purple grape juices may have some of the same heart-healthy benefits of red wine.
Various studies have shown that moderate amounts of all types of alcohol benefit your heart, not just alcohol found in red wine. It’s thought that alcohol:
- Raises HDL cholesterol (the “good” cholesterol) and Reduces the formation of blood clots.
The potential heart-healthy benefits of red wine and other alcoholic drinks look promising. Those who drink moderate amounts of alcohol, including red wine, seem to have a lower risk of heart disease.
Drinking too much alcohol increases your risk of Liver and pancreas diseases, accidents & violence, Weight gain &Obesity.
Avoid alcohol completely if you are pregnant or have certain ailments.
If you have questions about the benefits and risks of alcohol, talk to your doctor about specific recommendations for you.
If you already drink red wine, do so in moderation.
“Either give me more wine or leave me alone.” — Rumi