>>Will a Glass of Red Wine a Day Keep the Doctor Away?
Studies suggest a correlation between chemicals in red grapes called polyphenols and a healthy heart. One such polyphenol, known as resveratrol, has been known to help prevent inflammation and blood clots, which are both contributing factors to heart disease.
*. Raise high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol, the "good" ch...olesterol
*. Reduce the formation of blood clots
*. Help prevent artery damage caused by high levels of low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol, the "bad" cholesterol
Alcohol should always be consumed in moderation, as it can cause weight gain or have other harmful effects on the body. Doctors are hesitant to suggest that you start drinking alcohol if you don’t already, but if you do, a 5 ounce glass of wine everyday might have these benefits. If red wine isn’t your thing, red grape juice could have a similar effect.
Plus, there’s the mysterious French Paradox, which is the observation that despite French eating habits (foods rich in fat and cholesterol), they remain a population with some of the lowest incidences of heart disease. So here’s to your heart!