Thursday, May 1, 2014
Raise Your Glass to the Health Benefits of Red Wine
Although you don’t need a reason to enjoy one of the award-winning wines from the Conte Estate, it’s nice to know that a daily glass of red wine may enhance your health. Both your physical and mental health can benefit from regularly drinking red wine, and with sensible drinking you can look forward to a healthier heart, a reduced risk of diabetes and improved mood. Read on to discover more about the health benefits you can gain from enjoying a glass of red wine each day.
Protecting your heart
As heart disease affects 1 in 6 Australians, taking steps to reduce your risk of circulatory problems makes good sense1. This is especially relevant if you already are at increased risk of cardiovascular disease, as happens if you have a family history of the condition, high blood pressure, raised cholesterol or you suffer from stress2. While stopping smoking, taking regular exercise and following a well-balanced diet are all advisable, a daily glass of red may also protect your heart. This is thanks to red wine’s ability to increase levels of helpful HDL cholesterol, reduce the stickiness of your blood and protect your blood vessels from damage by free radicals. However, it is important to drink moderately, as research shows that exceeding a glass or two of wine each day increases your risk of high blood pressure, abnormal heart rhythms and heart failure3.