Everyone has heard that a glass of red wine a day is good for the heart, but is this really true? Red wine is made from dark red grapes that are crushed and fermented. Due to the grapes wine in fact has many antioxidants including, resveratrol, catechin, epicatechin, and proanthocyanidin. Proanthocyanidin and resveratrol are believed to be the antioxidants that are responsible for health benefits. These antioxidants are seen to reduce heart disease, inflammation and blood clotting, cancer and have show to extend life. So, how much wine is needed to gain these health benefits without doing damage to the body? People who drink 5oz of red wine a day are at a 32% lower risk of these disease than people who do not drink red wine. The intake of wine must be monitored though because too much could damage the body.
Is drinking red wine everyday the only way to prevent these diseases? Is it worth it? The risks of drinking too much wine can lead to alcohol dependence, cirrhosis of the liver, and weight gain. These problems only ensue when you are starting to rely on wine, or if you are mixing the two glasses with other types of alcohols. This would do more damage to the body, but if you are just having the right amount then wine should be doing the body good.
An example of wine helping heart disease, is know as the French Paradox. The French consume a lot of red wine. Doctors noticed that they had a lower death rates from heart disease. Even though that had the same bad habits of smoking and high blood pressure as the US and the UK. Studies in the 1980s and 90s connected the link between red wine and increased levels of antioxidants and good cholesterol.
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