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Health Benefits of Red or White Wine

by Michelle Powell-Smith

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Moderate amounts of red and white wine can be more than a delicious addition to your evening meal or a relaxing ritual. Include either red or white wine in your diet for its numerous health benefits. Wine isn't appropriate or ideal for everyone, and you should speak to your physician about whether it is a healthy choice for you.

Types

Both red and white wines offer some health benefits. However, for the greatest cardiovascular benefit, you should choose wines high in flavonoids, or anti-oxidant compounds. Higher concentrations of flavonoids are present in red wine, particularly deeper, drier reds. Opt for wines like Cabernet-Sauvignon, Petit Syrah and Pinot Noir, recommends Yale-New Haven Hospital.

Function

These antioxidant compounds reduce the risk of coronary heart disease, according to Yale-New Haven Hospital. Wine also has positive benefits for the lungs, but the evidence suggests that white wine may be the best choice for the lungs, reports Holger Schunemann, assistant professor of medicine and social and preventive medicine at the University at Buffalo School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. Research into a non-flavonoid antioxidant, resveratrol, suggests that this antioxidant may stop blood clotting and plaque formation and could have tumor-fighting properties.

Moderation

While wine can help to keep your heart healthy, too much alcohol poses health risks. Women should have no more than one five-ounce glass of wine daily and men no more than two, recommends Today Show correspondent Joy Bauer. Drinking more than the recommended amount will lower your health benefits and increase the risks of alcohol consumption.

Significance

Consuming moderate amounts of alcohol raises high density lipoprotein, or good cholesterol, levels and thins your blood, according to the Today Show. These benefits occur whether you opt for wine, beer or hard liquor. The antioxidants found in wine may reduce blood clotting and lower low density lipoprotein or bad cholesterol levels. According to Yale-New Haven Hospital, antioxidants in red wine may also aid in the formation of nerve cells.

Warning

Wine is not appropriate for everyone. If you have high triglycerides, you should avoid or limit alcohol consumption. Alcohol may increase estrogen levels and raise tumor progression in women with or at high risk for breast cancer, reports the Today Show. Wine, particularly red wine, may also trigger migraines in sensitive individuals.

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