What’s the deal with wine. Is it good, is it bad? Does it help with heart health?

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What’s the deal with wine. Is it good, is it bad? Does it help with heart health? Do I get organic or biodynamic???? Clearly there’s lots of questions going around about this ancient beverage but what really are the truths.

Before we begin just please know this post is not about advocating drinking. That should be discussed with your doctor and follow your values. This post is to create some answers for those who do like to have a glass responsibly.

So, what’s the deal with wine?

Wine originally got a lot of health credit during a promotion of what is know as the “French paradox”. The idea was the French dietary system has lower cases of cardiovascular disease, cancer and other prevalent disease when compared to the United States despite the fact they consume more wine. The assumption came into idea that maybe a glass of wine a day could be protective.

So let’s look into the why: wine is rich in a Strong antioxidant called resveratrol. This antioxidant has been shown to help increase HDL our good cholesterol and lower LDL our bad cholesterol. Also, it has been shown to reduce homocysteine which is a highly inflammatory molecule that can disrupt our blood vessels.

However, not all wine is created equally. Many wines a high in pesticides such as glyphosate which is linked to blood cancers. Many use sulfites as preservatives but these can cause sensitivities and headaches.

Here are some of the things to look for -

Organic - will have no pesticides such as glyphosate. However, may still have some levels of sulfites.

Biodynamic - will have no pesticide but can have low trace amounts of sulfites. However, the farming practices and sustainability are some of the best. This can ensure better quality grapes and taste.

Natural - this is the highest standard. Has no pesticides and absolutely no additives. 🙅🏻‍♂️However, this changes the taste and should be tried before hand.

International - many other countries out of the USA do not allow harsh pesticides such as glyphosate. This can often help reduce this exposure. However, you do not know for sure without certification.

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