Red: The Traditional Valentine Color Is Also A Heart-Healthy Wine Choice

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Not only is February the month of Valentine hearts; it’s also Heart Health month.

So if your romantic evening includes having a glass of wine or two, take heart. According to an article posted by the Mayo Clinic, “The alcohol and certain substances in red wine called antioxidants may help prevent heart disease by increasing levels of high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol (the “good” cholesterol) and protecting against artery damage.”

So Is More Consumption Better Than Less?

In a word: No. The medical community is not suggesting that people increase their alcohol consumption, nor that teetotalers begin drinking alcohol. After all, drinking too much alcohol can have harmful effects, including increased risks of liver damage, high blood pressure, obesity, accidents and other serious health concerns. Abstaining from alcohol is recommended for those who have heart failure or a weak heart, as well as people who take aspirin daily and women who are pregnant.

However, various studies have shown that moderate amounts of all types of alcohol can benefit heart health, and that red wine may be particularly beneficial.

What About Red Wine May Promote Heart Health?

Red wine contains a type of antioxidant called polyphenols, which may protect the lining of the blood vessels in the heart. Research on the polyphenol resveratrol shows a possible link to several factors that may decrease the risk for heart disease, including reducing inflammation and preventing blood clots.

For those who wish to increase resveratrol without consuming alcohol, simply eating grapes and/or drinking grape juice are suggested. Resveratrol is also found in peanuts, blueberries and cranberries.

More Sweet News For Valentine’s Day

If you’re also inclined to have some chocolate for Valentine’s Day, notably dark chocolate, go ahead. The Cleveland Clinic has published research on the antioxidant properties of flavonoids in the cocoa bean. Like resveratrol, flavonoids may also have positive effects on cardiovascular health, including improving blood flow, lowering blood pressure and helping prevent blood clots.

And what’s not to love about that— on February 14 or any other day?

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