Is Red Wine Good for Your Heart?

Many people have heard that red wine can be good for your health. Is this true? Studies have shown that it is possible. A moderate amount of red wine can reduce the risk of heart attacks in middle-aged people by 30-50%. Red wine is also assumed to discourage additional heart attacks, in people who have already suffered from one.

Other studies have shown that red wine increases the level of HDL cholesterol in the body, as well as reduces LDL levels. Red wine may also prevent blood clots as well as reduce damage of blood vessels caused by fat deposits.

These health benefits are a result of the antioxidants and other substances that are found in red wine. The resveratrol contained in the grape skins and seeds increases HDL cholesterol and prevents clotting, and the flavonoids in the grapes themselves have antioxidant qualities which also prevent blood clots and plaque formation in arteries.