February has long been associated with Valentine's Day, chocolates and roses, but in recent years I've noticed that February is also being associated with Heart Health. So as a vineyard, I thought I would take this opportunity to pass along some Heart Healthy Notes! And of course - come out and enjoy your glass of 612 Vineyard wine!
From the Mayo Clinic:
Red wine, in moderation, has long been thought of as heart healthy. The alcohol and certain substances in red wine called antioxidants may help prevent heart disease by increasing levels of high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol (the "good" cholesterol) and protecting against artery damage.
Antioxidants in red wine called polyphenols may help protect the lining of blood vessels in your heart.
Resveratrol might be a key ingredient in red wine that helps prevent damage to blood vessels, reduces low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol (the "bad" cholesterol) and prevents blood clots.
The resveratrol in red wine comes from the skin of grapes used to make wine. Because red wine is fermented with grape skins longer than is white wine, red wine contains more resveratrol.
Red wine's potential heart-healthy benefits look promising. Those who drink moderate amounts of alcohol, including red wine, seem to have a lower risk of heart disease.
Read the full article at Mayo Clinic.
Studies have shown that adults who drink light to moderate amounts of alcohol may be less likely to develop heart disease than those who do not drink at all or are heavy drinkers.
If you've ever used the phrase "but it's healthy!" to justify a glass of wine, we've got good news: There is a growing body of research indicating that certain compounds in red wine can actually help prevent cancer.