Not that we’re advocating for you to begin drinking, but if you already have a glass of red wine here and there – you should at least know the positive connection between red wine and heart health!
Here’s why we believe a 4 oz. glass of red wine can do your heart (and other functions) some justice1:
- Red wine is rich in antioxidants. The antioxidants found in red wine are believed to help support healthy levels of high-density lipoprotein (HDL), which is the “good” cholesterol.
- Polyphenol. This is a type of antioxidant found in red wine, which can help protect the blood vessel lining in your heart
- Resveratrol: This is another type of antioxidant found in red wine, which is thought to help prevent blood clots.
- Improves production. Red wine plays a role in increasing the mitochondrial function, which in turn increases cellular energy production4.
- Protects against free radical damage. Free radicals are “cellular by-products that…can literally trash our bodies5.” With that being said, red wine can help protect your arteries!
But, remember – it’s only okay to drink in moderation! Red wine and heart health can only go hand-in-hand if the appropriate amount is consumed. Drinking excessively (or even just slightly more than you’re supposed to) can lead to heart problems1. There’s a fine line between the two, but having a small glass of red wine with dinner is considered perfectly fine.
For a heart healthy dinner, try adding a glass of red wine and a small, easy-to-swallow MegaRed®, and you’ll be on the road to supporting your heart health!