Still, many doctors agree that something in red wine appears to help your heart. It’s possible that antioxidants, such as flavonoids or a substance called red wine resveratrol, have wine health benefits.
To learn more about red wine resveratrol visit the Mayo Clinic article on wine health benefits.
How is Red Wine with Wine Resveratrol Heart Healthy?
Antioxidants in red wine called polyphenols may help protect the lining of blood vessels in your heart. A polyphenol called wine reservatrol is one substance in red wine that’s gotten a lot of attention.
Resveratrol Levels in Red Wine
More research is needed before it’s known whether resveratrol in red wine or reveratrol in general was the cause for the reduced risk.
Resveratrol in Grapes, Supplements and Other Foods
Drink in Moderation — or not at all
Does Alcohol Help the Heart?
- Raises high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol, the “good” cholesterol
- Reduces the formation of blood clots
- Helps prevent artery damage caused by high levels of low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol, the “bad” cholesterol
The problem is drinking too much increases your risk of high blood pressure, high triglycerides, liver damage, obesity, certain types of cancer, accidents and other problems. In addition, drinking too much alcohol regularly can cause cardiomyopathy — weakened heart muscle — causing symptoms of heart failure in some people. If you have heart failure or a weak heart, you should avoid alcohol completely.
If you have questions about the benefits and risks of alcohol, talk to your Doctor about specific recommendations for you.
For more general information check out the Wine Health Benefits