Several studies showed that drinking two or three ounces of straight alcohol a day had a positive effect, but if any more than that is consumed, the alcohol begins to have a negative effect. Studies comparing spirits, beer and wine show some effect with spirits and beer but a significant benefit to drinking red wine. Scientists began to suspect that the polyphenols in red wine, especially resveratrol, had particularly positive effects. Resveratrol is a natural substance that is found in grape skins, peanuts, some berries such as blue berries and in red wine. Black grapes are nature's best source of resveratrol.
Drinking one or two glasses of red wine each day may reduce inflammation, which has been linked to plaque buildup in the arteries. Researchers at Jefferson Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia did a study that followed 40 healthy men who consumed two glasses (about 10 ounces) of red wine (Merlot) or 3.3 ounces of gin with dinner every day for 28 days. All the participants followed relatively the same diet and exercise plan during the study. Researchers analyzed blood samples before and after the study and found that those who drank red wine had lower levels of C-reactive protein and two other inflammatory markers. The antioxidant effects of the polyphenols found in red wine but not in gin are likely responsible for the added heart health benefits.
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