I am sure you have heard red wine is good for your heart, but do you know why?
Many doctors agree a minimal amount of red wine each night can result in heart-healthy benefits, and it is because of resveratrol.
Resveratrol is a chemical found in various plants, including the skin of red grapes, and reaches the blood stream about 30 minutes after being consumed. It is an antioxidant that also has anti-inflammatory properties contributing to the heart-healthy benefits in red wines.
The effects of resveratrol were originally studied because of the French paradox, a puzzling fact that people in France, who enjoy a high-fat diet (rich cheeses and buttery croissants) seemed to suffer less heart disease than Americans.
After many studies, researchers believe that the amount of resveratrol in a glass of red wine each night may help prevent fat accumulation and reduce insulin resistance. This can therefore lower bad cholesterol by protecting the lining of blood vessels, which lowers the risk of inflammation and clotting, preventing diabetes and obesity.
A four-ounce glass of wine is equivalent to one serving. Generally speaking, men would benefit from consuming one to two glasses per day, while woman should consume just one serving per day to gain maximum benefits. Those who consume three or more drinks per day increase their risk for “elevated serum triglycerides” (fat in the bloodstream), which can do long-term damage to the nerve cells in the liver and the pancreas.
So as the holidays approach, enjoy a glass or two of red wine guilt-free.