Red, Red Wine and the HeartheadingContent

Posted on January 19, 2017

heart of wine with two glassesWe’ve all heard the notion that red wine is great for the heart within reasonable limits, never in excess, and requires self-control. The idea, wine is beneficial for the heart, certainly springs a series of questions. How much wine is good for the heart? Why is red wine helpful to the heart? Is a Malbec better for the heart than a Pinot Noir?

Before it’s decided which type of wine should fill your glass, there are a few questions which need to be answered:

What is in red wine that makes it great for the heart?

The answer is antioxidants and resveratrol. Antioxidants help prevent cell damage.

Flavonoids found in antioxidants consist of plant metabolites which protect from toxins and repair cell damage. Polyphenols, found in fruits and vegetables, or phytochemicals found in high concentration in organic plant food sources, also naturally include elevated antioxidant properties. Studies have shown resveratrol, found in the skin of red grapes, can also help protect the body against damage and may possibly lower the risks of developing cancer or heart disease. These agents combined are also believed to inhibit coronary artery disease.

How does red wine prevent heart disease?

Simply, there is bad cholesterol which can accumulate in heart arteries and cause a heart attack.

“Antioxidants found in red wine could help in elevating good cholesterol known as high-density lipoprotein (HDL). This beneficial HDL cholesterol floating through the heart acts as a safeguard against heart clogging buildup in the lining of blood vessels inside of the heart,” said Dr. Erik Beyer, a cardiothoracic surgeon with Tenet Florida Physician Services in Fort Lauderdale.

Resveratrol found in red grapes and wine could be the key to keeping low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol, or the bad cholesterol, in check. By averting blood clots and lowering risk of inflammation, resveratrol can help to lower the factors leading to heart disease.

Studies have shown eating and drinking a high amount of organic polyphenols most commonly found in grapes, vegetables and tea, can be helpful in lessening the chance of developing cardiovascular diseases. This notion is not new to the medical community.

What type of red wine has the highest levels of resveratrol?

Malbec grapes may have the densest grape skin leading to the highest concentration of resveratrol, which again, can help the body prevent cell damage and possibly lower the risk of heart disease. Other wines thought to be the heart healthiest include Pinot Noir, Petite Sirah and St. Laurent.

How much wine is good for the heart?

While drinking red wine points to heart healthy benefits, remember any type of alcoholic beverage should only be consumed in moderation. Guidelines point to moderate alcohol consumption defined as having up to one drink per day for an adult woman and up to two drinks per day for an adult man. According to the Center for Disease Control, the standard drink for red wine is equal to about five ounces, with 12 percent alcohol content.

In conclusion, enjoy red wine in moderation and toast to heart healthy benefits!