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Not All Reds are Created Equal – Health Benefits of Different Types of Red Wine

You’ve probably heard it 100 times: red wine is good for heart health—and that’s true! Many red wines contain antioxidants, which may help prevent heart disease by increasing the levels of high-density lipoprotein cholesterol (the good kind of cholesterol) and protecting your arteries against damage. While this is certainly not a green-light to over-indulge in alcohol (as too much can have damaging effects on your health), having a glass of red wine with dinner is considered a heart-heathy (and delicious!) practice.
 
However, there are certain types of red wines you should be looking for to obtain these benefits. Not all reds are created equal; for example, sangria is not your heart-healthy solution. Consider these red wines for your evening meal:
 
Pinot Noir. Pinot Noir contains a fair amount more of resveratrol than other wines, an ingredient which research has shown to reduce cardiovascular and cancer risks and improve blood sugar levels.
 
Madiran. According to Roger Corder, a professor and expert in cardiovascular function, the darker the wine, the better its effects on your health. Wine is said to protect against strokes, diabetes and dementia, and Madiran is proven to have the highest level of procyanidin, which provides the antioxidants that create these amazing health benefits.
 
Malbec. Malbec grapes have an inky dark color and robust tannins, adding to their health properties. The grapes are commonly used in blends like Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon.
 
Cabernet Sauvignon. Cabernet Sauvignon has the highest concentration of antioxidants of any of the red wines.

Health Benefits of Different Types of Red Wine

Legal Stuff: We should remind everyone that our blog entries are for your information only and are not intended as medical advice. If you’re going to drink, do it legally and responsibly; don’t be stupid =).


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