Is Red wine Really good for you?


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At some point in my life, I crossed paths with someone who told me red wine was good for "you." I asked myself how could red wine possibly be good for anyone's health?  And what's the difference between red wine and other types of alcohol? I don't know about you guys but I was taught not to drink alcohol because it's terrible for your health, especially you immune system. But.....to my surprise not only is Red wine good for you, it's good your heart!

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According to this article by the Mayo Mayo Clinic  staff red wine contains antioxidants. These antioxidants could help you heart fight heart disease by increasing levels of "good" cholesterol in your body which protects your body against artery damage.  

So what separates red wine from other types of alcohol one might ask? It's the antioxidants in red wine called polyphenols. Polyphenol protects the lining of blood vessels on your heart. Besides polyphenol red wine contains resveratrol. Resveratrol is a naturally occurring, powerful polyphenol (plant-derived) compound that has some significant antioxidant properties. Research done on mice shows that resveratrol helps protect mice from obesity and diabetes. Obesity and diabetes are two diseases that cause heart disease. More research show that resveratrol could help reduced risk of inflammation and blood clotting which both cause heart disease.

Although red wine has some health benefits it still contains alcohol which is bad for your health. Many doctors are skeptical about encouraging people to drink red wine because of the negative effects of alcohol such as high-blood pressure, liver disease, and even cancer. But what do you guys think?

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I have heard this too. I watched the Dr. Oz show and he said the same thing, just one glass of red wine at night can be beneficial to our health. Like any thing else you shouldn't have too much. Here is an article about Red wine:
http://www.foxnews.com/health/2012/03/27/health-benefits-drinking-red-wine/

Well this is exciting! While it's a great excuse to drink red wine, I can see why doctors are skeptical. Alcohol does have it's negative effects, so maybe doctors should be suggesting that if their patients want a drink, they should choose red wine over other beverages.

I have heard this too. I watched the Dr. Oz show and he said the same thing, just one glass of red wine at night can be beneficial to our health. Like any thing else you shouldn't have too much. Here is an article about Red wine:
http://www.foxnews.com/health/2012/03/27/health-benefits-drinking-red-wine/

About a month after you posted your blog, a study done by the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis found that middle-aged womendo not benefit from resveratrol supplements. Resveratrol is the ingredient in red wine thought to reduce the risk of heart disease. As you mentioned, the ingredient has been shown to have positive health effects on rodents in lab testing. However, the study done on 29 healthy, postmenopausal women did not yield the same results. Of course, it is possible that the sample size was too small to yield conclusive results and that it is another ingredient in red wine that causes the supposed health benefits. However, the study noted that "annual sales of resveratrol supplements in the United States have reached $30 million", which is quite significant for an ingredient that may not have any benefits at all! I guess it goes to show how a lack of data can lead to negative financial or possible health consequences.

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