Health experts have been touting the health benefits of drinking red wine for ages. The most widely acclaimed health benefit of red wine is enhancing heart health. As a result, red wine has become one of the most popular types of wine in the world. With that in mind, here are four reasons why red wine is good for your heart:
Increase “Good” Cholesterol Levels
According to the Mayo Clinic, red wine contains antioxidants that increase good cholesterol or high-density lipoprotein (HDL) levels in the blood. Higher levels of HDL are associated with better heart health because red wine contains flavonoids and antioxidants, which cause blood vessel walls to relax and prevent the oxidation of low-density lipoproteins (LDL) or “bad” cholesterol. LDL is a known causal factor in the formation of cholesterol-filled plaque, according to the Harvard T.H Chan School of Public Health.
Reduce Atherosclerosis Risk
The National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute defines atherosclerosis as plaque buildup inside the arteries. This is dangerous because the arteries transport oxygen-rich blood throughout the body. As such, plaque buildup inside artery walls hampers the distribution of oxygen and nutrients to various parts of the body. The good news is a study published by the American Heart Association shows that moderate wine consumption reduces the risk of fatty plaque accumulation in arteries. To be precise, light to moderate red wine intake reduces the risk of developing atherosclerotic disease by 32%. In comparison, moderate beer consumption reduces the risk of developing atherosclerotic disease by 22%. These figures show red wine is more effective in preventing atherosclerosis than beer.
Reduce Angina Chest Pain, Stroke and Heart Attack Risk
Since red wine reduces the risk of plaque buildup in arteries, it also reduces the risk of developing angina chest pains, stroke, or potentially fatal heart attack. This is because the polyphenols and alcohol in red wine have antithrombotic and anticlotting properties. The Copenhagen City Heart Study found that people who drink wine halve the risk of succumbing to heart attack or stroke compared to people who do not drink wine. One of the key polyphenols in red wine that helps prevent these problems is resveratrol. Medical researchers believe that resveratrol plays a key role in inhibiting atherosclerosis disease progression. Physicians have observed that France (the French are renowned for wine consumption) has a low incidence of atherosclerosis disease compared to other developed nations. This is despite the French having a sweet tooth for fat-rich diets.
Lower Blood Pressure
Drinking red wine is a great way of lowering your blood pressure, according to a study published in The Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry.
Scientific studies have proven that red wine improves heart health by increasing good cholesterol (HDL) levels in the blood, reducing the risk of developing atherosclerosis disease, lowering blood pressure. Additionally, red wine reduces the risk of developing angina chest pain, stroke and heart attack significantly. Of course, you should consume moderate amounts of red wine in order to enjoy these health benefits.
It is worth noting that excessive consumption of red wine can be harmful to human health. To enjoy red wine’s heart health benefits, medical experts recommend moderate consumption.