For as long as I can remember, one of my fondest adult memories has been getting together
with my girlfriends over a glass or two of wine and letting it all hang out.
By that I mean, catching up and sharing our thoughts, feelings, problems and issues openly
and honestly with each other over a glass of wine.
We have supported each other through life’s trials and tribulations and laughed and cried
on each other’s shoulders.
Wine wasn’t the catalyst for honest exchange, but it was a pleasant addition to our times
But lately as I become more and more focused on the quality of my diet and making the
best choices for a long and healthy life, I have begun to question the wisdom of drinking
Articles abound about the benefits of drinking red win- but are they really true?
I began to wonder.
Man has been making and drinking wine for centuries, so one might see it as a long and
enduring part of our history and culture.
When it comes to healthy eating and drinking, there are more choices than you might realize.
You don’t have to drink water all the time.
How about red wine?
Red wine is being touted as the next best thing in heart health.
But do you believe the hype?
What is it about red wine that has people up in arms?
For one, no one wants to promote drinking alcoholic beverages.
If you are not a drinker already, then starting to use red wine to increase your heart health
may not be such a good idea.
Alcohol can become addictive and can bring more harm than good for the non-drinker.
But, if you already enjoy a drink every now and then, this information is for you.
Red wine is made from the red grape.
Grapes contain many antioxidants.
We know that these substances are instrumental in reducing the signs of aging.
Keeping the body young includes increasing immunity, protecting vessels of the heart and
vascular system, improving mood and increasing metabolism while reducing appetite.
In grapes, the antioxidants are found in the skin.
When red wine is created, the skin of the grape is used to give it its deep red color.
The skin contains flavonoids and non-flavonoid antioxidants.
Flavonoids have been shown to lower bad cholesterol in the body.
It is the LDL cholesterol that increased plaques and poses the threat of strokes in the body.
They are also found in cocoa (dark chocolate), berries and apples.
Non-flavonoid antioxidants have been found to help increase the health of your heart.
When the coronary arteries are clear, then blood and nutrients can reach the heart muscle.
One of the substances in this category is resveratrol.
Resveratrol is a substance found in grape skins that has been getting a lot of attention lately.
It has fueled research into the health benefits of the heart from alcohol.
There are supplements of it on the market but as of yet, there are no recommendations for daily
levels and how much may be needed to positively affect the heart.
Tests in mice and preliminaries show that resveratrol can lower the risk of heart disease, diabetes
The amounts of resveratrol used were far higher than we could ever get from red wine.
But, if larger doses work, can smaller ones have a cumulative effect over time?
The jury is still out on that one.
For now, your doctor may recommend a little red wine each day to help your heart do its job.
If you already consume wine on occasion, having a glass a day (five ounces for women and twelve
for men) can keep the heart doctor away.
Remember – drinking too much can reverse any positive effect that you are deriving from those
So if you want to enjoy a glass of wine with your friends, the best advice is to drink wine in moderation-
and look for god quality organic red wines.
Is red wine good your health?
So what do you think about the reported health benefits of red wine?
Do you agree or disagree?
What do you think about reservatrol?
Have you found good quality organic red wines?
Share your thoughts and comments with us.