Is Wine Really Heart Healthy — or is it more hype than helpful info?
I have been out of town and staying with my dad who had a heart attack in November. Except for the customary antibiotic for a viral infection my dad has never had to take any prescribed medications long term.
Being a great cook he prepares well balanced, low fat meals for himself and has a glass of red wine with his meal every night. Dad thought the wine was good for him especially since he read articles that stated drinking red wine is ‘heart healthy’.
So this heart attack was very unexpected and now almost 3 months later he still doesn’t believe he had a heart attack.
Unfortunately, we sometimes are mislead by some of today’s advertising campaigns. So I did some research so I could break down all the facts about drinking wine and a healthy heart in order to make informed decisions. Taking medications and drinking wine are not a match made in heaven.
So here are the facts (remember Joe Friday from the 50’s? He used to say “the facts m’am, just the facts”. I’m sure I’m dating myself here. Unless you’re a senior you may not remember Joe Friday was a private detective on t.v. way back in the day.) I digress. Here’s some information I thought would be helpful.
Is Wine Heart Healthy
The resveratrol in wine is said to be good for the heart. However, the amount of resveratrol in red wine can vary depending on the types of grapes and even the weather during the growing season can affect how much resveratrol is in the grapes.
When the grape skins are pressed during fermentation the wine then absorbs the resveratrol which is why darker red wines have higher levels of resveratrol than lighter red wines or even white wines.
Studies show that you might have to drink an undetermined amount of wine each day to benefit from the resveratrol in red wine. Definitely not recommended.
What is Resveratrol
“Wikipedia” states “Resveratrol is a phytoalexin produced naturally by several plants when under attack by pathogens such as bacteria or fungi.”
Research studies tell us that resveratrol is a polyphenol antioxidant found in many types of plants; various types of berry fruits; peanuts; cocoa, and many other foods.
Benefits of Resveratrol and More
The polyphenols in resveratrol hep protect the lining of blood vessels which helps us maintain a healthy heart.
Oh, but there’s more. Research studies found that it can help with longevity, prevent cell damage, help improve cholesterol levels, along with other health benefits too many to mention.
Une Bonne Santé!