Is Red Wine Truly Good For You?

Is Red Wine Truly Good For You?
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Is Red Wine Truly Good For You?

According to Benjamin Franklin, “God invented wine because he loves us and wants us to be happy.” Happy? Check. But, can something so wonderful be healthy as well?

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Red Wine Has Resveratrol

Red wine contains resveratrol, a type of polyphenol. Resveratrol comes from the skins of grapes. Since red wine is fermented longer than white wine, it has more resveratrol.

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Contains Antioxidants

Polyphenols are antioxidants which may act to protect the lining of the blood vessels.

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Protects Against Obesity And Diabetes

Research on animals suggests that resveratrol may also protect against obesity and diabetes, but likely only in quantities too large to be good for you in other ways.

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Reduces Bad Cholesterol

Resveratrol is also thought to reduce LDL or “bad” cholesterol and to reduce risk of blood clots.

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Enhances Good Cholesterol

Alcohol, in general, has been studied. Many studies show alcohol will raise HDL, your “good” cholesterol, prevent blood clots and help prevent artery damage.

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Lowers Heart Disease

People who drink moderate amounts of any alcohol seem to have a lower risk of heart disease. The greater power of red wine in particular is still being studied.

Moderation Is Key

Too much alcohol can cause and aggravate many other health problems. The key to enjoying the social and health benefits of alcohol is moderation.

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Affects Gender Differently

Moderate drinking is one drink/day for women and two drinks/day for men.

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Resveratrol Is Found Elsewhere

Resveratrol is found in peanuts, blueberries and cranberries as well. If you don’t care for wine (gasp!), you may be able to get the healthy heart benefits of red wine by drinking grape juice instead.

I’m going to take this good news and milk it … right off the vine. Let’s toast to our good health!

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Is it too good to be true, or is red wine actually good for you? I enjoyed one too many glasses with some good friends this past weekend. When I woke in the morning, it certainly didn't feel like it was good for me. Yet, every once in a while, we get a little gift. According to Benjamin Franklin, "God invented wine because he loves us and wants us to be happy." Happy? Check. But, can something so wonderful be healthy as well?

Check out the slideshow above to discover if red wine is actually good for you.

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