A glass of wine a day keeps the doctor away: Fact or fiction?

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For as long as anyone can remember, it has been said that a glass of wine a day is actually good for your health. But is it really?

Actually, that probably depends on the kind of wine you are drinking and the size of the glass in question!

While there is still a good bit of controversy over whether or not there is any real truth to that statement, in the end, you will find that most medical professionals agree that a small amount of red wine is probably good for your health in more ways than one. Here is some of what we know.

First a word about opened wines

As stated above, the amount of wine you consume has a great deal to do with whether or not wine can actually keep the doctor away. In recent years, it was noted that the French have had a much lower incidence of issues with high cholesterol, even though they are renowned for eating diets high in fat.

The reason for their lack of heart disease is wrapped up in a substance in red wines called Resveratrol.

This is a potent antioxidant found in red wines, but those wines do need to be stored properly. A wine rack where the re-corked bottle can lay on its side is the safest way to keep wine stored properly, to avoid the wine changing to vinegar.

Wine racks must be made specifically with storage in mind, as you can see through these wine racks from wineandbarrels.co.uk which are crafted to store a variety of bottles in the correct way.

Only store opened wines in ideal temperatures and kept resting appropriately for the type of wine in question. White wine, for example, is fine being stored upright in a fridge.

The amount of alcohol matters

Here’s the exciting news.

Although the jury is still out on whether or not red wine is truly heart healthy, all indicators point to the fact that a small amount of red wine daily can raise levels of HDL (good) cholesterol in the bloodstream. That would be slightly over 100 ml of wine daily to be safe.

That is why the French can eat diets higher in fat than people in many other countries without having such high rates of cardiovascular disease. At least, that is the current theory held by many researchers, such as those at Ben-Gurion University in Israel.

They conducted study after study, all yielding the same results. A small amount of red wine daily does help to lower bad cholesterol while raising levels of the good stuff. The end result is that they found red wine to truly be heart healthy if consumed at small levels. Anything higher than about 110 ml per day is too much.

Does a glass of wine truly keep the doctor away?

Probably not, but a small amount of red wine can probably keep your arteries from sustaining damage from diets high in fats.

Although you wouldn’t want to drink wine just to excuse your temptation for high-fat foods, a small glass of red wine might help to reduce the risk of heart disease. At the very least, that tiny bit of wine might reduce your stress levels just enough to help you sleep better.

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