February is known as heart health month and many jump into exercise and diet for the health benefits… but what about the spirits?
With so many diet promises out there, it is nice to think a small change in your regular sipping routine - like switching your beer or white wine to a glass of red wine - can have benefits to your health. It’s not about being restrictive. It’s about a small change in your social, relaxing, or dining routine. If you are going to enjoy a drink with your dinner or 5 o’clock wind-down time, then make it one that could possibly benefit your heart health.
Did you know that wine, in moderation, is actually a heart healthy option? There are antioxidants in red wine such as resveratrol, which is found in the skin of grapes. Some studies have suggested that resveratrol can possibly reduce cholesterol, lower blood pressure, and potentially prevent coronary artery disease which is the condition that leads to heart attacks. Grapes also have high levels of polyphenols, which are antioxidants. Studies have shown them to reduce oxidative stress and inflammation.
We are not suggesting to start drinking only wine for the heart benefits! But, if you are already an avid wine drinker, then why not consider a good glass of red vino in place of white wine, for the health benefits! And, again, always in moderation!