Over the past ten years there have been numerous studies on the healthy effects of red wine, which we’ve heard snipets about on the news or read about in the paper.  My clients sometimes ask me about it, so I’ve looked into it.  My own research has determined that there are three particular types of wine that produce those positive benefits.  They are:  Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Syrah and Pinot Noir, in that order.   The benefits include:  reducing ‘bad’ LDL cholesterol, increasing ‘good’ HDL cholesterol and reducing harmful blood clots.  All are obviously good for your cardiovascular system. 

The studies identified specific amounts too.  For women it’s one 4 ounce glass per day, and for men it’s one or two 4 ounce glasses per day.  The studies also point out that this applies to ‘otherwise healthy individuals’.  Which means that if you already have cardiovascular disease, or any other disease including alcoholism, you should not assume that you will reap the same benefits and should speak with your treating physician about it.

Researchers have also found that the antioxidant in red wine inhibits tumor development in some cancers and aided in nerve cell formation, which can be helpful in treating diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.  Most recent studies, identified one more area: liver disease.

Researchers determined that one glass of red wine a day may reduce the the odds of a liver disease known as non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) by 50%.  This is a relatively new development, so we may be hearing much more about it in the future.