Be healthy. . .Drink Wine
by: Kathy Howe
Is wine good for you? The answer is, “Yes!” There’s lots of
research providing proof that there really are health benefits from drinking
Flavonoids from the skins and seeds of red grapes are the key to wine being
good for you. These flavonoids lower your risk of coronary heart disease by
reducing your LDL or bad cholesterol levels. At the same time these flavonoids
actually increase your HDL or good cholesterol levels and decrease the
likelihood of blood clotting.
Scientists believe that there may be other health benefits from red wine. A
recent study discovered that an antioxidant in the skins of red grapes, called
resveratrol, may inhibit the growth of tumors in some cancers. It’s possible
that resveratrol can help treat Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s as well and new
studies are on the way.
Are some wines better for you than others? Again, the answer is, “Yes!”
Researchers at University of California at Davis
have concluded that full-bodied dry red wines contain the highest levels of
flavonoids and provide the greatest benefits. The number one wine for supplying
the most flavonoids is Cabernet Sauvignon with Petit Syrah and Pinot Noir also ranking
highly. Sweeter wines and white wines have less flavonoids and are less
How much should you drink? Moderation is the key. Women should drink 4 ounces
of red wine daily with a meal and men 4-8 ounces.
Pour yourself a glass of red wine and drink to your health. Cheers!