Is red wine really heart healthy?

By: Richard Santa-Cruz, MD, Cardiologist with the Dale Michels Center for Heart Care

Red wine has long been thought of as the heart-healthy alcohol choice. But is that just a myth? No! In moderation, red wine is actually heart healthy!

Many people think that the antioxidants in grapes are what make red wine so good for you, but in reality it’s the resveratrol. Resveratrol is produced naturally by several plants to fight disease when under attack by bacteria or fungi. Red grape plants just so happen to be one of the few plants that produce resveratrol. In humans, resveratrol may offer protection against cardiovascular disease, cancer, type 2 diabetes and Alzheimer’s.

If you do not already drink, I do not recommend starting. If you do drink, it is important to remember that with alcohol, moderation is key. I recommend five ounces of red wine per day, always with a meal. To keep things in perspective – five ounces is equivalent to a little over 1/2 of a cup.


About Dale Michels Center for Heart Care

Agnesian HealthCare offers comprehensive Heart Care Services close to home in Fond du Lac. These comprehensive Heart Care Services, offered through the Dale Michels Center for Heart Care, bring to the region a diverse and complete package of quality cardiac procedures, including open-heart surgery (coronary artery bypass grafts), coronary angioplasty, stent placements, cardiac catheterizations and other procedures. Agnesian HealthCare has been providing cardiac diagnostics, pacemaker clinic and cardiac rehabilitation for many years, and these remain part of the Dale Michels Center for Heart Care. For more information, call (920) 929-2300.

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