A lot of well-defined research has proven that red wine can be good for your heart in the right amounts. Red wine contains a large number of polyphenols, a type of antioxidant, that is found in grapes and on the skin. These polyphenols become around 10 times more potent when red wine is fermented, resulting in a much higher concentration of polyphenols when compared to white wine. It is these polyphenols that have been proven to contribute to a healthy heart.
Red wine also contains polyphenol named resveratrol. Studies have shown that resveratrol could help prevent damage to blood vessels in the body, prevent the clotting of blood, and even reduce LDL cholesterol in the body. There are also studies that have shown that resveratrol could have links to reduced inflammation and lower risk of heart disease. Though other studies show that resveratrol has limited to no effect on the body, the general opinion is that resveratrol comes with positive effects on the body.
Another study published in 2018 shows that drinking red wine in moderation has links with reduced risk of cardiovascular disease and reduced hypertension. It also found links with reduced risk of certain types of cancer, type 2 diabetes, neurological disorders, atherosclerosis, and metabolic syndrome.
How much red wine can I drink for a healthy heart?
The American Heart Association recommends that men should drink no more than 2 drinks a day while women should drink no more than 1 drink a day. The AMA based these numbers on the definition of five ounces, or 140ml, of wine being one “drink”.
However, too much alcohol can have negative effects on the body. High alcohol concentration in the body can cause high blood pressure that can increase the risk of heart attacks, strokes, and other heart diseases. Excessive and regular drinking of alcohol can even lead to total heart failure, making it difficult for your body to circulate blood across the body.
Red wine is good for your heart in moderation. However, too much of anything is bad, and red wine is no exception. Remember to drink moderately to benefit your health, not deteriorate it.
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