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Can Wine Be Healthy?
Dr. Leroy Creasy, a wine researcher and professor emeritus at Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y., said anthocyanins — plant-derived antioxidants — create the red color in wine and darker red wines contain higher amounts, Men’s Health reported.
The color in wine comes from the grape skins that remain in the tank as the wine ferments. Skins also provide resveratrol, an antioxidant that can reduce heart inflammation and reduce the risk of heart disease.
However, some reds have more antioxidants than others.
Antioxidants in red wine called polyphenols may help protect the lining of blood vessels in your heart. A polyphenol called resveratrol is one substance in red wine that’s gotten attention. Resveratrol might be a key ingredient in red wine that helps prevent damage to blood vessels, reduces “bad” cholesterol and prevents blood clots.
Dr. James Harbertson, an enologist at Washington State University, suggested buying wine grown in sunny vineyards.
The theory is that grapes produce more antioxidants when exposed to ultraviolet light — “the farther from the equator, the more daylight hours you have,” Harbertson said. So now you know what to look for when seeking heart healthy wines for you or your guests.