Wine. Is it good or bad for you?

Could red wine be good for you? Studies show that red wine in moderation is actually good for you. It contains flavonoids which have been shown to protect against oxidative damage from LDL (Bad) cholesterol. There is something called the “French Paradox” which is that French people generally consume more saturated fats yet have a lower incidence of heart disease. Many experts believe that this is due to the amount of red wine consumed.

The same does not apply to white wine. Although it does contain a small amount of flavonoids it is significantly lower and there fore does not offer the same protection.

Another key component of Red wine is Resveratrol, this acts as an anti-oxidant which has been shown to reduce the buildup of plaque in arteries, have an anti-inflammatory action and also have some anti-cancer effects.

The bottom line is that, one or two glasses of red wine per day appears to be good for a healthy heart.

The mayo clinic wrote a great report on the health benefits:

http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/red-wine/HB00089

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