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Red Wine Protects You Against Heart Disease

By    |   Monday, 15 Dec 2014 06:41 PM

There is an ingredient in red wine that many health professionals believe can protect people against heart disease. The ingredient is called "resveratrol" and it is very high in the antioxidants known to promote heart health.

The American Heart Association recommends that alcohol only be consumed in moderation; up to two drinks a day for men and one drink a day for women. A drink is defined as "one 12-ounce beer, 4 ounces of wine, 1.5 ounce of 80-proof spirits, or 1 ounce of 100-proof spirits." Alcohol in excess can cause "alcoholism, high blood pressure, obesity, stroke, breast cancer, suicide, and accidents."

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Red wine is made from red grapes, which contain high levels of antioxidants called flavonoids and resveratrol. These compounds have been scientifically studied for their role in promoting heart health. For example, one study conducted by Paul E. Szmitko from the University of Toronto concluded, "…patients who drank wine had half the risk of dying from coronary heart disease or stroke as those who never drank wine." In addition, Szmitko states, "the polyphenolic compounds in red wine may play an active role in limiting the initiation and progression of atherosclerosis" which is a narrowing of the heart arteries that constricts blood flow to the heart.

In an article in The Telegraph, U.K. cardiologist Dr. William McCrea reports that he always knew that "red wine and oily fish increased good cholesterol levels (HDL) at the expense of bad cholesterol and this prevented stroke and heart attacks." Dr. McCrea prescribes red wine to his heart patients in the cardiology ward and his methods are supported by the hospital and his colleagues.

According to Dr. McCrea, the antioxidants in red wine, "have been shown to prevent damage to the inside of blood vessels and to inhibit blood clotting cells (platelets) so clots are less likely to form." However, only a moderate intake of red wine is beneficial with increased amounts serving to counteract the heart health benefits of red wine.

While the antioxidants in red wine can protect against heart disease by reducing clotting, atherosclerosis, and general inflammation, moderation appears to be the key. In addition, the National Institutes of Health recommends that people with heart disease consult with a physician before drinking any alcohol. Although NIH states that moderate amounts of alcohol may help prevent heart disease, NIH cautions that, "Alcohol can make heart failure and other heart problems worse."

This article is for information only and is not intended as medical advice. Talk with your doctor about your specific health and medical needs.

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