Wine and Heart Disease: Something to Celebrate and Celebrate With?!

By HeartHawk Latest Reply 2011-08-19 22:49:32 -0500
Started 2010-12-04 17:49:45 -0600

When I think of all the dietary habits I have had to give up or greatly modify as I age the one change I am thankful for is drinking more wine (in moderation only). I never drank much wine, preferring other spirits, and when I did it was white. LOL, I guess that changed when I started hanging around with cardiologists!

Wines, particularly red wines, are chock-full of healthy flavonoids (like anthocyanins and tannins) as well as other nutrients like resveratrol which is found in the skin of red grapes and thought to have numerous heart healthy effects. And, of course, there is a useful amount of alcohol which has been shown to increase HDL (Good) cholesterol.

I am enjoying a 2006 Tannat as I write this. The Tannat grape is the "national grape" of Uruguay and thought to contain relatively high amounts of resveratrol (although not as much as my other favorite wine, the Malbec's of Argentina and Chile). I also find exploring and tasting wines to be an interesting and enjoyable as well as healthful hobby.

So, how about you? Any wine connoisseurs out there? What do like about wine?

Here's to your health!


5 replies

Hearty1 2010-12-11 22:03:22 -0600 Report

I recently started having a glass of red wine after dinner. I do feel more relaxed though I'm still not certain of the overall effects of it.

HeartHawk 2011-08-19 22:49:32 -0500 Report


Drinking red wine has been proven to be heart healty just don't get carried away. I had two glasses of Malbec just this evening. But, I take a week off every few months just to prove I still can!


HeartHawk 2010-12-07 00:17:47 -0600 Report

What, no wine drinkers? LOL!

GmaBobbye 2010-12-10 11:59:46 -0600 Report

I live in the middle of about 10 different local wineries on Old Mission Peninsula (Michigan). While many of the wines are winners, I am not really a red wine drinkers. If I were to buy a wine, is there any special kind or is any red wine OK and why aren't white wines as good. Have you tried any of the NW Michigan wines pwroduced in Grand Traverse Co? There are also several wineries in Leelanau County, but i guess I have to be preferential (prejudicial!
Personally, I do not know the difference or advantage of a 'good' wine vs a not so good wine. All i know is taste. Suggestions?
I'm a retired (semi) RN

HeartHawk 2011-03-15 23:23:42 -0500 Report


I drink red because of the anthocyanins and resveratrol. Previously, I drank whites almost exclusively!