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Red Wine and Heart Health: Hype and Fact

For years now, doctors and scientists have said that wine antioxidants could help people keep their hearts healthy. In particular, they've looked to red wine, in moderation, as an excellent source of a key ingredient called Resveratrol. By studying the antioxidants found in red wine, doctors have found evidence to show that the red wine may be able to help people increase good cholesterol in the body, which can, in turn, help prevent the risk of heart disease and also protect the heart's arteries from getting damaged. That said, there is still plenty of hype surrounding the dietary benefits of red wine. Therefore, you should consider all of the facts and the hype surrounding red wine before you decide to add it to your diet.

The Facts about Wine Antioxidants and Heart Health

While there have been plenty of studies surrounding the benefits that red wine has on the heart, doctors have not conclusively been able to say whether or not red wine antioxidants actually help the heart. They have found some evidence that says that it could help, though. In particular, they have found that certain antioxidants in red wine that are called polyphenols may actually help protect the lining of the blood vessels that are found in your heart. These polyphenols typically come in two main forms: flavonoids and nonflavonoids.

Flavanoids are found in things like oranges, apples and onions, while nonflavonoids are found in red wine. The most noteworthy nonflavonoid in red wine appears to be Resveratrol, an antioxidant that doctors believe may be the one aiding the blood vessels in the heart. However, many of the studies done on Resveratrol so far have been completed on mice. And while doctors have seen positive results (studies have shown that the Resveratrol might help protect people from heart disease, obesity and diabetes), they've also warned that in order for people to see positive results from Resveratrol, they would have to consume more than 100 bottles of red wine everyday. In essence, the belief that red wine can help a person is still under development and could be for years to come.

The Hype about Wine Antioxidants and Heart Health

Though doctors have said that wine antioxidants could help prevent certain types of diseases in humans, they've also prematurely avoided telling people to consume more red wine. For one, alcohol and alcoholism can have many negative effects on the human body. It can destroy the liver over time. So, doctors want to avoid encouraging people to use alcohol simply to reap benefits that they may or may not receive. In addition, doctors have added that Resveratrol on its own could be a supplement in the future that they would recommend. Still, the studies looking into the benefits of Resveratrol are far too new for them to recommend it yet.

While wine antioxidants may help prevent heart disease, it's also important for you to take other heart-healthy steps. Rather than rely on red wine, change your diet and get more exercise to see positive results. But, keep an eye on Resveratrol studies moving forward. As the hype dies down, the facts behind the benefits of wine antioxidants will come to light.

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