But Wine is Good for Me . . .

 It is very true that drinking wine has been proven to be healthy for the heart.  In fact, moderate consumption of red wine (1 glass per day for women and 2 per day for men) has been proven to lower the risk of heart disease by 30 – 50%.   This is only true for the darker red wines – white zinfandels, rosés, and blushes do not count.  Other studies have shown that drinking red wine increases HDL (good cholesterol) while lowering LDL (bad cholesterol).

There is some misconception with these studies, however.  Many believe that it is the alcohol that is providing the health benefits.  This is simply not true as there is no daily recommended allowance for alcohol.  In fact, alcohol has a toxic effect on most organs and is known to deplete the body of numerous B-vitamins and other nutrients that can have a detrimental effect on the body if not replenished with healthy diet and/or multivitamins.  Rather, the health benefits of red wine seem to come from its polyphenols, bioflavonoids, and anti-oxidants in particular, an ingredient known as resveratrol.  Resveratrol is considered to be an anti-oxidant at least 20 times stronger than vitamin C which provides its anti-inflammatory, anti-cancer, and its anti-clotting effects.   The reason red wine is better is due to the fact that most of the health benefits of the grape can be found in its peels and seeds.  White wine and the lighter reds are squeezed just for there juice and the peels are quickly discarded.  The darker red wines age longer with the peels and seeds in the vats giving red wine its color as well as its healthier properties.  Nevertheless, while dark red wine does have these beneficial ingredients, you can get all of these nutrients from many fresh fruits and vegetables without taking on the detrimental effects of the alcohol.   Juice Plus (visit our link on our website) sells a grape seed extract formula.