Will Red Wine Improve Your Heart Health
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?
It is being touted as the next best thing in heart health.
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 (LDL cholesterol) in the body.
Flavonoids are found in grapes as well as cocoa (dark chocolate), berries and apples.
It is the LDL cholesterol that contributes to the formation of plaques and hardening of the arteries in your body.
The hardening of the arteries leads to narrowing of the arteries and decreases the blood supply to your major organs.
The diminished blood supply contributes to your risk of suffering a heart attack, stroke, eye disease, and kidney problems.
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 alcohol may have on the heart. There are supplements available on the market but no recommendations for daily levels and how much may be needed to positively affect the heart.
Tests have shown that resveratrol can lower the risk of heart disease, diabetes and obesity in studies using mice.
The amounts of resveratrol used were far higher than the amount available drinking red wine daily. However, drinking red wine may be beneficial over a period of time or adequate amounts may become available in the form of supplements.
Your doctor may already be recommending you drink a little red wine daily for the heart health benefits.
If you have a problem with drinking too much alcohol or a problem in the past then implementing red wine into your daily routine should be avoided.