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Red wine is purported to have a host of health benefits, from increasing levels of good cholesterol to improving heart health and even fighting the effects of aging. More recent research suggests that a moderate amount of red wine in the evening may offer benefits to sleep.


Does red wine protect against heart disease?

Maybe. Many studies investigated the benefits of red wine suggested that moderate amount of red wine (one drink a day for women and two drinks a day for men) lowers the risk of heart attack for people in middle age by ~ 30 to 50 percent.


Something akin to the shot heard 'round the world on the dawn of American Revolutionary War, was heard in the wine world Sunday night, November 17, 1991. The event was the airing of The French Paradox segment on 60 minutes. The French Paradox was a term coined on that program to describe the apparent unlikely relationship between that fact that while the French, especially those in Southwestern France, eat inexcusable amounts of heart-stopping, artery-clogging saturated fats, smoke Gauloise cigarettes, and exercise very little, they have one of the lowest heart attack rates in the world. Their moderate and daily consumption of red wine was given as the most likely reason for this phenomenon.

Red wine and something in red wine called resveratrol might be heart healthy. Find out the facts, and hype, regarding red wine and its impact on your heart.
By Mayo Clinic staff