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Wine, in moderate amounts, can be very helpful to our health.

All alcohol has been found to help boost High-density lipoprotein (HDL) or “good cholesterol”  but more exclusively to wine, especially red wine, is the concentration of antioxidants that come with each serving.

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Research has indicated that moderate intake of red wine can be beneficial to the heart health. The cardioprotective effect has been attributed to antioxidants present in the skin and seeds of red grapes.

It is believed the antioxidants, called flavonoids, reduce the risk of coronary heart disease in three ways by:

  • reducing production of low density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol (also know as the “bad” cholesterol)
  • boosting high density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol (the “good” cholesterol), and
  • reducing blood clotting.
Researchers at the University of California, at Davis have found the highest concentrations of flavonoids in Cabernet Sauvignon, followed closely by Petit Syrah and Pinot Noir.
But the key remains “In Moderation”. For women it’s one glass a day (or about 5 oz.) and for men it is two glasses (or about 10 oz.). Now when you get pass these levels of intake that’s where the benefits of wine can take a turn and become more harmful than helpful. Wine can elevate triglycerides which can cause your body to store more fat. Also women that are more susceptible to breast cancer really should drink with caution.  All alcohol, including wine, can increase hormones that could effect their condition.
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Wine could preserve your memory. When researchers gave memory quizzes to women in their 70s, those who drank one drink or more every day scored much better than those who drank less or not at all. Wine helps prevent clots and reduce blood vessel inflammation, both of which have been linked to cognitive decline and heart disease, explains Tedd Goldfinger, DO, of the University of Arizona School of Medicine. Alcohol also seems to raise HDL, the so-called good cholesterol, which helps unclog your arteries.

These are just a few of the benefits and the warnings from/about drinking wine. See the related links below to find out more about the beneficial factors of drinking wine.  In moderation 😀