Red, Red Wine

Red Wine

My family has always had a glass of red wine with dinner, and they would always claim that it was good for your heart.  Turns out, it is.

In France, the incidence of coronary heart disease is 40 percent lower than it is in the United States.  The French consume high-fat diets, smoke more, and exercise less than Americans.  Researchers say that the moderate consumption of red wine is the key to a healthy heart.

The consumption of red wine is ranked higher in France than anywhere in the world, while the United States ranks as one of the lowest, and heart disease accounts for 41 percent of all American deaths.

Red wine seems to have a flushing effect on the heart’s artery walls, removing blood clots and excess platelets (which cause blood to clot).  Therefore, one to three glasses per day with meals can help prevent coronary heart disease.  In fact, it can cut the chances by 50 percent.

There have been studies indicating for almost two decades that moderate wine consumption can lessen the risk of heart disease, but most of them were preferable to red wine rather than white.

However, it isn’t just “French” red wine that have shown disease decreases, but red wine in general, which is linked to the specific action of the red wine for its protective activity on the cardiovascular system.

The French benefit from better eating habits of three meals per day and no snacks.  The food is fresh and carefully prepared, not fast and frozen like most American food.

In fact, hospitals in Europe have given many older patients a small ration of red wine with meals for years.  It has been linked to life in countless studies.

Therefore, why not enjoy a nice glass of red wine with dinner?  It is proven to be worth it.


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