Experts Say Drinking Red Wine Could Protect the Heart
Mayo Clinic research has pointed to the powerful antioxidant resveratrol contained in red wine as a vital component for heart-related health benefits. The update underscores the perception that moderate consumption of red wine is associated with a healthy heart.
Though resveratrol might reduce cholesterol and prevent damage to blood vessels, the studies on the compound are mixed. Some analysis shows that resveratrol can reduce blood clotting and inflammation, lowering the risk of heart disease. However, other studies indicate that there are no benefits from the antioxidant promoting heart health.
Consumers of resveratrol supplements may already know that their health benefits are linked to the antioxidant found in red wine. Data from the Mayo Clinic meanwhile shows that grapes, peanuts, blueberries, and red or purple grape juices, also contain resveratrol and produce similar results.
Jim Bernau, president of Willamette Valley Vineyards, claims that the wine most rich with resveratrol is cool-climate Pinot Noir. Bernau states that these thin-skinned grapes naturally produce the antioxidant to fight against mold. Therefore, grapes grown in cool and damp climates will produce higher resveratrol levels in order to protect themselves.
There are many red wines produced with thin-skinned grapes. Merlot and Grenache, for example, are varieties that are possibly the most resistant to mold. However, Bernau claims that Pinot Noir, the northernmost planted red variety is still the best candidate to find the highest levels of resveratrol.
Although wine experts recommend drinking a whole clustered fermented Pinot Noir, overall, the heart-healthy benefits from consuming red wine or other alcoholic drinks are encouraging. People who consume moderate amounts of alcohol, including red wine, seem to have a reduced risk of developing heart disease.
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