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Wednesday, 19 June 2013

Cheers-I'll drink to that!

Red Wine is Good for You

It is common knowledge that red wine has health benefits such as antioxidants that may prevent heart disease by increasing levels of good cholesterol and protecting against artery damage. However, recent studies show that red wine is actually a lot more beneficial than you could ever imagine.

You will be happy to know that 1-2 glasses per day can be a super healthy part of your diet. I personally love a glass of red wine so I was delighted when I read the news.
In last week’s post I spoke about the rise in popularity of probiotics and the health benefits for your gut flora.

A study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition reported that people who drank 2 glasses of red wine per day had higher levels of good bacteria in their gut and lower levels of bad bacteria.

Mike Geary explains that another part of this study shows that red wine drinkers also decreased systolic and diastolic blood pressure , triglycerides (fat found in blood), LDL cholesterol, and CRP (measure of overall inflammation).
Another benefit is that red wine consumed with a meal can slow and moderate blood sugar response you get from that meal. So it balances your hormones, controlling insulin levels in turn controlling appetite and helps you to stay lean.
Remember red wine is only healthy in moderation and as part of an overall healthy clean diet.

So raise your glass!