The Health Benefits Of Wine

One of the universal truths touted by wine lovers around the world is the idea that red wine is good for your heart. Fortunately, science has confirmed that there's something to this one but, like all good news, it's a bit more complicated than that.

Red wine contains a chemical called resveratrol, and the results of tests done with mice suggest this is the component of wine you can thank for preventing blood clots, protecting your blood vessels, and even helping reduce the amount of bad cholesterol in your system. It's worth noting, however, that those tests were done on mice, and regardless of how well you believe wine and cheese go together, you are not a mouse. You are a human.

Resveratrol is found in the skin of red grapes, and it's possible to get the same benefits by just eating the grapes. It's also in things like peanuts and blueberries, so many doctors are hesitant to recommend a nightly glass of wine as a dietary supplement. Of course, just like any other type of alcohol, drinking too much wine can have a bit of an effect on your body. It can also be habit-forming, and if you drink more than a glass or two a day, you're already undoing any benefits you might have gained from the resveratrol. There's nothing wrong with drinking it for the health benefits, but it's not a magic elixir.


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