Red Wine Lowers Cholesterol

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In moderation, red wine, as well as alcohol in other forms, can raise the levels of HDL cholesterol, which is the good kind of cholesterol. At the same time, it is thought that it can help to prevent damage to the body’s arteries that would otherwise be caused by heightened levels of LDL cholesterol. HDL cholesterol can lead to a lowering of blood pressure and general heart health, while LDL can cause the opposite effect. Ultimately it’s important to have as much HDL cholesterol as you can because it removes harmful cholesterol from your body’s systems. Red wine can help.

Related: 20 Foods That Help Lower Cholesterol

Red Wine Prevents Blood Clots

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Along with the other heart-healthy benefits red wine provides, it can also contribute to fewer blood clots. This is because, in moderation, alcohol can help to prevent blood clots from forming; on the surface of the skin, blood clots are great for stopping injuries from bleeding. Inside the circulatory system, blood clots are deadly.  Reducing the likelihood of a blockage reduces the chance of heart trouble. However, it is important to keep in mind that when taken in excess, alcohol can also have the opposite effect, increasing blood pressure, and with it, the odds of having heart-related troubles.

Red Wine Helps Blood Vessels

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The antioxidants found in red wine, known as polyphenols, are also responsible in part for the health of the body’s blood vessels. Specifically, they ensure the blood vessels are flexible. Flexible blood vessels are less likely to restrict or resist the flow of blood, which means the heart does not have to work as hard to pump blood throughout the body. This leads to a more healthy level of blood pressure due to lack of strain. Combined with a decreased likelihood of clots, this flexibility in the blood vessels makes for significant heart health; as long as drinking is moderated.

Related: 7 Natural Ways to Lower Blood Pressure

So, red wine, though quite delicious, and (arguably) nutritious, will not be serving as a replacement to exercise any time soon; the resveratrol content simply isn’t high enough compared to the alcohol to safely grant us the levels we require to benefit fully. Red wine still does have a special place at the dinner table; however, as a glass (for ladies) or two (for gentlemen) daily is associated with the various health benefits mentioned above. Otherwise, the best thing you can do to lose weight and stay healthy is to eat a balanced diet and remain physically active.

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