Glass of Red a Day May Cut Heart Disease By 33%

New research shows in vino, health benefits
By Peter Fearon,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 28, 2007 11:07 AM CST
Wine merchants look at wine bottles and taste Gigondas Cotes du Rhone red wine, from the French Rhone valley, at the international wine fair "Vinexpo" in Bordeaux, southwestern France, Tuesday, June 19,...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Here's to new evidence that red wine is good for the heart. Women who drank two glasses of red wine a day had higher levels of "good" HDL cholesterol and lower levels of substances that cause blood vessel inflammation, according to a study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. A daily glass or two of red wine could reduce the risk of dying from heart disease by a third, said the lead researcher.

 "A person who usually drinks up to this quantity of alcohol should maintain this healthy habit," he said. But he cautioned that non-drinkers should not take up drinking wine because other health problems could emerge. White wine has fewer benefits. Red wine has a higher concentration of polyphenols, which reduce inflammation.