Red Wine and Dark Chocolate

Medical researchers recommend 6-ounces of red wine 1-2 times per day for a healthy heart.
Medical researchers recommend 6-ounces of red wine 1-2 times per day for a healthy heart.

Benefits of Red Wine and Dark Chocolate

Did anyone realize that any good thing in life is not good for you if used in excess? This goes for anything. Good things can bring damage to the body when not used properly or in the amounts and in recommended amounts.

The one thing that I thought of today was a good quality red wine. There have been a lot written about red wine from quality and reputable websites such as

  1. http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/heart-disease/in-depth/red-wine/art-20048281
  2. http://www.prevention.com/health/healthy-living/health-benefits-red-wine
  3. http://www.webmd.com/food-recipes/features/wine-how-much-is-good-for-you
  4. http://www.ynhh.org/about-us/red_wine.aspx

These professionals through medical research have found tremendous benefits from drinking a glass of quality red wine per day. There is no reason not to believe the reputable professionals who have all came to the same conclusion about red wine.

What I learned was red wine contains a substance called Resveratrol. Research finds that Resveratrol could be heart healthy. Too Much of a Good Thing Is Dangerous

However, never think that drinking more red wine is better and will make you some sort of super human. Red wine when drank in moderation or only one wine glass per day has great benefits to the human body.

The problem is that some people tend to overdo a good thing, and then the good thing becomes harmful. Never would a professional suggest that people drink alcohol and the experts worry that people, given this recommendation some will abuse the whole point of wine is healthy for the heart.

Resveratrol and Antioxidants

According to my medical dictionary, Resveratrol is a polyphenol compound found in certain plants and in red wine that has antioxidant properties. Medical research is ongoing and being investigated for possible anticarcinogenic effects. Everyone consumes toxins in food and water every day. Toxins are in our atmosphere and we breathe them with every breath into the body. Antioxidants eat up these toxins and fight off these toxins in the body. Toxins can cause illnesses and chronic conditions, and wear down our immunity.

What Effect Does One Glass of Red Wine Have on the Body?

Resveratrol and other antioxidants, along with the alcohol content in red wine increases levels of good cholesterol levels or the HDL levels. HDL in other words, is high-density lipoprotein. Everyone has LDL and HDL levels. When the HDL levels are low and the LDL levels are high, it puts us to risk for heart disease. High LDL levels eventually clog major arteries, putting the person at risk for a heart attack, stroke and blood clots.

Some people may even argue that there is substance, just as well in other alcohol products such as beer and white wines. Researchers still stand on their findings that polyphenols may very well protect blood vessel linings of the heart. Research is looking at this Resveratrol, a key ingredient in red wine.

What I have found is that research continues on this promising aspect of drinking on a glass of red wine per day and the other benefits of having (one) glass of red wine per day.

  • May help with insomnia
  • May deter tooth decay
  • May deter carcinogens in the body
  • May strengthen major arteries

I could not find anywhere where one red wine is any better than another. I purchase a good quality red wine, and recommendations are 6-ounces of red wine one to two times a day.

Added Note for all the chocolate lovers. One square of (Dark) chocolate per day along with red wine has enormous heart benefits. Dark chocolate (only) is loaded with tons of antioxidants. However, again, only one square a day and not a whole bag or bar a day brings healthy benefits to the body.


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