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Posted on Jan 05 10 | Filed Under Blog

It’s a New Year and undoubtedly many have resolved to live healthier in the “Twenty-Ten’s”. For our patrons the question arises, “Does drinking wine fit into a healthy lifestyle?” Since our bailiwick is all things vino, the “skinny” on wine & health:

Many studies of red wine indicate that “moderate consumptionlowers heart attack risk by 30% to 50% for the middle aged. One drink a day for women and two drinks a day for men is considered moderate. Other studies suggest that alcohol in general may prevent additional heart attacks for those already having suffered from one.

Research also indicates that red wine can raise “Good” Cholesterol (HDL) and prevent “Bad” cholesterol (LDL) from forming. Red wine may also help prevent blood clots and reduce the blood vessel damage caused by fat deposits. Studies of the Mediterranean region show that regular red wine drinkers have lower heart disease risk.

So why the health benefits from Red Wine? It’s a rich source of antioxidants (flavonoid phenolics). Many studies have focused on the phenolic constituents Resveratrol and Flavonoids. Resveratol is found in grape skins and seeds and increases good cholesterol and prevents clotting. Flavonoids exhibit antioxidant properties in helping prevent plaque formation in arteries.

Since EWCo. has a vested interest in pushing the “Devil’s Elixir“, a bit of info on its harms. Alcohol can increase blood pressure and triglycerides and should be avoided by those with liver disease, including hepatitis. It also exacerbates heartburn and acid reflux. Meanwhile, excessive drinking has been linked to cancers of the mouth, pharynx, larynx, esophagus, and pancreas.

The bottom line is if you drink, do so responsibly and moderately. And if you suffer from any illness or take medication, check with your doctor before consuming alcohol on a regular basis. DISCLAIMER: I’m not a Doctor. I’m just certified by the (WSET).  See it’s “ ” for more info.

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