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Red Wine: The Heart Friendly Alcohol

Updated on December 31, 2010

Alcohol is otherwise considered to be a drink that causes several health conditions such as liver and kidney dysfunction. If alcohol is had while you are on medication such as with aspirin, it has the potential to cause great damage to the stomach and can lead to gastrointestinal hemorrhage. But there is one such drink which has changed the view about alcohols completely. That drink happens to be red wine. Red wine consists of substances which have proved to improve the condition of the heart. Moreover, it contains antioxidants which help prevent severe heart conditions and protect damage of arteries.

This discovery on red wine’s positive health benefits sounds extremely encouraging for wine drinkers as well as people suffering from heart diseases. However, doctors are slightly wary of giving a complete green signal to it. Nevertheless there are further facts which prove that red wine benefits the heart. Antioxidants known as polyphenols have proved to be highly useful in retaining the lining over the blood vessels in the heart. Red wine also contains flavonoids and non-flavonoids. These two categories of antioxidants are present in the body as well.

Similarly, resveratrols are the antioxidants which contribute a lot in protecting the blood vessels. It is in fact considered to be the main content in red wine which helps prevent blood vessel damage. Resveratrols actually come from the skin of grapes used for making the wine. As red wine is fermented for a longer duration compared to the white wine, it contains more amount of resveratrol. Other sources of resveratrol include cranberries, peanuts and blueberries. It further helps reduce blood clots and bad cholesterol. Bad cholesterol is nothing but low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol which causes artery damage.

Ethanol present in red wine, on the other hand, increases the high-density lipoprotein levels which further help reduce blood clots and failure of arteries. It also helps reduce plaque build up in arteries. Doctors and researchers have confirmed the benefits of alcohol such as wine especially.

Nonetheless, it is necessary to remember that alcohol should be consumed in moderation and not in excess. Anything consumed in excess will result in an adverse effect on the body and the same is true for red wine too. Since the common myths surrounding the consumption of alcohol such as red wine is gradually disappearing, it is expected that worldwide red wine consumption would rise. While other forms of alcohol are still believed to cause damage to the heart, the health concerns regarding red wine consumption have definitely been debunked.

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