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Most people appreciate wine for its delicious and complex taste. There are countless different types of wine, each pairing mouth wateringly well with certain combinations of food. But how does wine affect your health? How does one drink wine healthfully? Wine, like anything else overdone, can harm your body in large quantities. The key is moderation.

So, assuming a glass of wine with dinner every day, what benefits will this wine bring to your body? Research has shown that the wine is reducing coronary heart disease incidence. This was known as French Paradox, because doctors couldn’t figure out why cream-loving French weren’t dying from heart attacks frequently. Wine, it turns out, was the answer. What is wine doing? The wine is altering the blood lipid levels. It lowers the total cholesterol count and raises the high-density lipoprotein (HDL) levels. In essence, it keeps the blood vessels clean. In fact, research showed how Polyphenols in red wine especially - Cabernet Sauvignon – keeps the arteries clear.

Polypyhenols in Red Wine Help Fight Heart Disease

It has long been known that Red Wine help keep arteries clean. The question has always been, how? Was it the antioxidants in the red wine? New research points to the Polyphenois, which come from the skins of red grapes.

Researches tested red wine, rose wine, white wine, and grape juice on Endothelin 1 – the substance that causes arteries to harden and clog up. The tests showed that the decrease in Endothelin 1 was proportional to the amount of polyphenols in the wine or juice. They found that white and rose wine had no effect, and grape juice only had a middle-level effect. It was the red wine, which was the true winner. Not only that but red wines containing Cabernet Sauvignon grapes were best of all.

Studies show that wine helps fight cancer. Wine contains resveratrol, which helps suppress cancer. The red grapes that go into red wine also have bioflavonoids, which are antioxidants and help prevent cancer to begin with. Third, as s stress fighter, wine is also shown to help cancer patients by relaxing them and helping them fight their disease.

Studies show that wine helps prevent strokes! Scientists figure that the alcohol breaks up blood clots and increases HDL (good) cholesterol in the bloodstream. This keeps the arteries clean.

Wine is a calming influence, something which may seem incidental but should not be forgotten. The fact that a dinner is accompanied by a drink which helps the body relax and unwind can help the mental transition between work and relaxation.

Researchers have found that those who drink 1-3 glasses a day regularly are healthier than those who drink none. Any alcohol, like any other food item, can be used properly, or can be used to excess. Some people are sensitive to the natural sulphites found in wine – sulphites are higher in whites than in reds. Others get migraine headaches from too many tannins, which are found mostly in red wines. While avoiding misuse, we should also rejoice in the many fine benefits that can be had by properly using wine as it was meant to be used – in moderation.

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