Myth or Fact: Red Wine Is Good for Your Heart

Is a glass a wine a day a good plan for a heart-healthy life? That’s what many people think.

Some studies have shown that people who drink wine daily tend to have lower body mass than those who drink occasionally.

We also know red wine contains an antioxidant called resveratrol. Antioxidants come from nature in plants like carrots and fruits like grapes. Antioxidants work to fight free radicals. Those are damaging small particles the human body naturally produces.

Grapes and their antioxidants are a primary ingredient in wine. Antioxidants may help reduce heart disease risk. Unfortunately, the link between antioxidants and reduced risk isn’t yet backed by scientific research.

On the plus side, red wine also helps increase HDL, the good form of cholesterol, which is good for your heart.

Lifestyle factors, including what you eat, the exercise you get and your stress management are likely much bigger contributing factors to preventing heart disease and maintaining a healthy heart.

So enjoy a glass of wine with your meal on occasion, and reap the benefits of antioxidants. But as always, do so in moderation, with a balanced approach to living well. Your heart will thank you.

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Mary L. Geralts, MD is an internal medicine physician at Aurora Wilkinson Medical Clinic in Hartland, WI.

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The information presented in this site is intended for general information and educational purposes. It is not intended to replace the advice of your own physician. Contact your physician if you believe you have a health problem.

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