People always say that drinking a glass of wine a day is good for your heart and your health, but what does that really mean? What is it about wine that increases your cardiovascular health? Well, we started researching the subject and came up with some pretty incredible news.
We’ve compiled a list of the top cardiovascular health benefits of drinking wine. Oh, and most of these benefits are multiplied when you drink fruit wine, such as blueberry wine or strawberry wine, because of the increased amount of antioxidants found in those fruits.
Check out our list of heart healthy reasons to drink more wine:
- Lowers Risk of Heart Attack
In 2007, Harvard School of Public Health did a study of over 11,000 men with high blood pressure and discovered that, of these 11,000 men with high blood pressure, moderate wine drinkers (1-2 glasses of wine per night) were 30 percent less likely to have a heart attack than those who did not drink wine.
The beautiful news here is that blueberry wines, strawberry wine, and other fruit wines tend to increase your heart health based on the richer amount of nutrients and powerful antioxidants found in the fruits. Here’s another summary from researchers about the heart benefits of blueberries and strawberries:
Women who eat more than three servings per week of blueberries and strawberries had a 32 percent lower risk of having a heart attack, according to new research.1 The benefit was due to flavonoids in the berries known as anthocyanins, which are antioxidants that give these fruits their characteristic red and purple hues.
Anthocyanins are known to benefit the endothelial lining of the circulatory system, possibly preventing plaque buildup in arteries as well as promoting healthy blood pressure. Other research has shown these antioxidants to protect against heart disease by reducing oxidative stress and inflammation, while enhancing capillary strength and inhibiting platelet formation.
- Lowers Risk of Heart Disease
In 2006, Queen Mary University in London published a study stating that the tannins found in red wine contain procyanidins, a chemical that protects against heart disease. Procyanidin is a powerhouse chemical for your cardiovascular system. Check out the top three benefits of drinking red wine with procyanidins (which is pretty much every red wine):
- Increases good cholesterol
- Helps prevent blood clots
- Limits production of an artery-hardening compound
Red wine is not the only source of this tannin. Other common sources include citrus and berries. Drinking a glass of blueberry wine, strawberry wine, or other fruit wines would give you the same great heart benefits as a glass of red wine.
- Lowers Risk of Stroke
In 2006, Columbia University conducted a study on over 3,000 individuals over an eight-year period. Researchers found that the people in the study who consumed a moderate amount of wine (1-2 glasses per day) decreased their risk of suffering a blood clot-related stroke by 50 percent.
Georgetown University also did a study with the Center for Advancing Health on how wine lowers the risk of strokes:
Researchers at Georgetown University Medical Center in Washington, D.C., discovered that the alcohol equivalent of two drinks decreases the clumping together of platelets, cells that are essential to blood clotting. This is important because the formation of a blood clot that blocks an artery leading to the heart is the triggering event in a heart attack.
The health benefits of drinking wine are endless, especially when you drink blueberry wine, strawberry wine, and other fruit wines that are full of antioxidants and tannins that reduce heart disease.
If you want to taste our award winning blueberry wine, strawberry wine, and other fruit wines, such as wild berry and key lime wine, come check out our tasting room. No reservations necessary!
Keel and Curley Winery
5210 Thonotosassa Rd
Plant City, FL