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More Support for Drinking Red Wine

We’ve all heard about the benefits of drinking red wine. Red wine has been touted to be helpful in reducing the risk for a variety of medical conditions including coronary artery disease, and even Alzheimer’s disease.

There has certainly been a lot of scientific research but trying to explain why red wine in moderation is actually good for your health. It is known that red wine may increase HDL, and this certainly has important heart implications.

Red wine also contains important antioxidants called polyphenols which are specifically beneficial in reducing the action of free radicals and therefore preventing damage to the lining of arteries.

Another substance found in red wine, although in fairly small amounts, is resveratrol. Resveratrol also tends to reduce LDL and also may act to reduce inflammation and blood clotting. 

And even the alcohol content of red wine has some beneficial effects as well, by raising HDL, reducing LDL, and helping to modulate blood pressure, when consumed in moderation. We do know that drinking alcohol above what would be considered moderation is associated with increased blood pressure, elevation of triglycerides, damage to liver, obesity, and even increased risk for various forms of cancer. That said, moderation means one glass of red wine daily for women and up two glasses per day for men, with a glass defined as 5 ounces.

Scientists have recently discovered a new mechanism that may explain why drinking red wine may be beneficial. Spanish researchers recently published a report in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition in which they discovered that chronic consumption of red wine actually increases bifidobacterium in the gut of humans. Bifidobacterium is one of the important species of bacteria that lives within the human intestines and is associated with reduction of inflammation.

Inflammation, as I have previously discussed, is a fundamental player in the genesis of all kinds of disease conditions including Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, coronary artery disease, type 2 diabetes, and even cancer. This new report provides yet another important mechanism, allowing us to understand exactly why red wine is a healthful beverage option.

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  • Chris Young

    The report states “chronic consumption” of red wine yet you state that it’s good in moderation. I’m confused.

    • Sugah

      Chris, you misread.
      “We do know that drinking alcohol above what would be considered moderation is associated with increased blood pressure, elevation of triglycerides, damage to liver, obesity, and even increased risk for various forms of cancer. That said, moderation means one glass of red wine daily for women and up two glasses per day for men, with a glass defined as 5 ounces.”

  • Liz

    What about the issue with red wine commonly containing gluten??

  • oj

    I think by chronic he means daily, as in daily moderate consumption

  • Steven Haskell

    I’ve hardly ever drank any wine, except the awful stuff in college. What varieties do you recommend, that are relatively tasty? Do some red wines have more of the things that are good for you than others?

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  • Jan in KW

    Since being grain/sugar/gluten free for 18 months, I have noticed a lower tolerance for alcohol….but enjoying a glass of red wine with dinner seems to be ok.

  • Jean

    I was thinking about the pesticides they use on all grapes. We still ingest the pesticides when we drink wine. I buy only organic, but, I heard that they also get sprayed but with so called organic pesticides. You can’t win either way or can one?

  • JB

    look at benziger. The are biodynamic and put more nutrients into the soil than they take out
    They do not user herbicide or pesticide. The cabernet is great

  • JB

    wine contains no gluten

  • Motherhen43

    Yellow Tail…Shriaz…it is the strongest…thus has more of the nutrients we are after……I found that I am developing a taste for it because I understand that it is the best for me……I did a lot if studying and it is the best!

  • Daniel Huff

    As a rule I don’t consume alcohol for primarily religious reasons. Are there no-alcoholic measures to raise HDL cholesterol.

  • Observer2014

    I believe the red wine consumed by the French in the earliest studies was of the Pinot Noir variety. The one bottle I sampled was unpleasantly dry for my taste.

    Would love to know if Dr. Perlmutter has a personal favorite or maybe a variety that he can suggest to his readers.

    I’ve purchased Grain Brain and maybe that information is there. However, I am only on page 74 and somewhat curious.

  • Dan Hibbard

    Dr. Perlmutter,
    Is there any beneficial connection between taking a resveratrol supplement and reducing the pressure of gloucoma?

  • Unbiased wine

    Is this for real? If it is good for those who love wine!

  • T. Hart

    Then why is LDL MY FRIEND?

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