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The peoples of the Mediterranean began to emerge from barbarism when they learned to cultivate the olive and the vi...
The peoples of the Mediterranean began to emerge from barbarism when they learned to cultivate the olive and the vine.
–Thucydides (circa 460-395 BC)
Is it possible for wine to be a health drink? A fairly strong argument can be made for the connection between regularly enjoying a moderate amount of red wine and maintaining a healthy heart.
Among the three aphorisms carved into the ancient Greek temple of Apollo, at Delphi, was the phrase “nothing in excess.” With Grecian wine culture extending back over 5,000 years, the Greeks knew their wine. They also believed the key to good health could be found in moderation.
Numerous studies in the US have pointed to the benefits of light red wine drinking in terms of cardiovascular health. According to the Mayo Clinic, many doctors believe red wine is good for your heart, although the reason why is not so clear.
There are three main compounds in red wine that are likely reasons as to why red wine might help keep your heart beating healthily.
Studies by the American Heart Association suggest that antioxidants may lower the risk of heart disease. Red wine is high in flavonoids, a type of antioxidant, which may also have anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer properties.
Many studies suggest that resveratrol, a chemical found in the skin of red grapes, protects the heart. There is also evidence that resveratrol may prolong life, boost metabolism, protect the skin from UV radiation and fight cancer.
The American Heart Association does not recommend non-drinkers start consuming red wine in order to prevent heart disease. That said, it acknowledges the fact that many medical societies believe there may be cardiovascular benefits to moderate ethanol consumption.