Is red wine really heart healthy?

Dale Michels Center for Heart Care

By: Dale Michels Center for Heart Care

Red wine has long been thought of as the heart-healthy alcohol choice. But is that just a myth? No! In moderation, red wine is actually heart healthy!

Many people think that the antioxidants in grapes are what make red wine so good for you, but in reality it’s the resveratrol. Resveratrol is produced naturally by several plants to fight disease when under attack by bacteria or fungi. Red grape plants just so happen to be one of the few plants that produce resveratrol. In humans, resveratrol may offer protection against cardiovascular disease, cancer, type 2 diabetes and Alzheimer’s.

If you do not already drink, I do not recommend starting. If you do drink, it is important to remember that with alcohol, moderation is key. I recommend five ounces of red wine per day, always with a meal. To keep things in perspective – five ounces is equivalent to a little over 1/2 of a cup.

 

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