Some studies say that one to two glasses of ‘red’ wine a day for adults, can help reduce your risk of suffering a heart attack, and also increases levels of ‘good’ cholesterol, while lowering levels of ‘bad’ cholesterol. The benefits of red wine come from their high antioxidant levels, which along with the listed advantages, also helps to reduce blood clots and help with blood flow.
Two drinks a day (where a drink is defined as a 5-ounce serving) is considered enough for men and for women, one drink a day. Drinking red wine has been connected to lowering the risk of heart disease, and researchers believe this is because of a substance called resveratrol. Resveratrol is found in grape skins and in higher amounts in red wine than white wine, and it reduces “bad” cholesterol and blood clots. However, moderation is key if you want to glean any benefits from drinking.
I just read a study done by researchers at UT-Austin and Stanford showing that moderate drinking for older adults (which is actually defined as 2-3 alcoholic beverages every day) helped them live longer than those who drank heavily (3 or more drinks every day) or abstained from alcohol altogether, after controlling for other variables such as pre-existing health conditions. This is, of course, for adults already 55-65 years of age. Heavy drinkers also actually outlived those who abstained from alcohol. The study notes that health guidelines generally recommend no more than 2 glasses per day. Red wine is also recommended as the drink of choice for the reasons that ghuang278 lists above.
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