Heart attacks are the leading cause of death in Australia.
They’re triggered by a build-up of plaque in your arteries. But red wine can help because it contains anti-oxidants, and the most important of these is resveratrol. It keeps your arteries clear of plaque therefore reducing the risk of heart disease.
Drinking red wine is also good for your heart, lungs, kidneys, brain and other parts of the body. But make sure you don’t get too addicted and go over the top. You should have no more than two standard glasses of wine per day.
If you have more than this, it could go the other way and you may face increased blood pressure and potential damage to the heart just because of over consumption.
For a man two to three glasses would be fine.
It is perfect to have red wine with a meal that includes a meat such as steak and vegetables. That would be ideal. But realistically you can have red wine with any meal.
The French diet is often used as an example of how wine can improve heart health. The French have a fairly high-fat diet but their heart disease risk is relatively low. And some have attributed this to red wine.
But there are so many differences between the lifestyle of the French, Americans and Australians in their diets. It is not recognised that red wine alone can provide prevention from heart disease.
It may also depend on the type of wine that you get.
Cheaper wines have less anti-oxidants in them than the more expensive wines which then makes it more of an expensive adventure.
Some families wish to make their own wine and there are many around Australia to do this who recognise the need to drink red wine for a health reason.