How does drinking red wine affect your heart health?

How drinking red wine affects your heart health

A dietician shares advice on how red wine can boost your health. 

Woman sitting on couch having raised glass with red wine
woman sitting on couch having raised glass with red wine/ iStock

Red wine is one of the most popular drinks around the world. It is made by fermenting the juice of dark-skinned grapes.

The alcoholic beverage boasts a variety of health benefits. 

Several studies have found that moderate intake of red wine can do wonders for the heart. 

"Women with regular red wine consumption were found to have the lowest risk of heart disease, heart arrhythmias, high blood pressure, and diabetes, according to a recent study [Needless to say I liked this study A LOT!]," wrote dietitian Monique Piderit on Instagram.

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She went on to explain the science behind the studies. 

"This is likely because red wine is rich in polyphenols called resveratrol (found in the skin of red grapes)  which have been found to have heart-protective properties," said the dietitian. 

However, she cautioned against drinking more than the recommended amount of red wine per day. 

"Of course, we can’t ignore the negative impact that excess alcohol (which yes, includes red wine) can have on our health," she wrote. 

Some of the problems that can be caused by excessive intake of wine include "memory problems, a weaker immune system, and mental health disorders like anxiety and depression. So be sure to keep your intake in check as part of your total daily energy intake," wrote Monique.

According to Healthline, the daily amount for women is 1 glass (150 ml) and two glasses (300 ml) for men. 

READ: Sangria: A cocktail made using red wine and delicious fruits 

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