What are the health benefits of red wine?

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Gaston Vergara, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
Red wine has a high amount of antioxidants, which may improve heart health and life expectancy. However, some studies show that drinking alcohol in general, not just wine, has benefits. While the benefits are probably more pronounced with wine, in particular red wine, even spirits have benefits when consumed in moderation.
JJ Virgin
Health Education
Red wine is a dose-dependent drink, meaning a little can bestow health benefits while too much can become unhealthy. Depending on variety, red wine provides resveratrol, an anti-aging antioxidant. If you don't drink, please don't start just to get resveratrol. If do you, have a glass or two of red wine. If you notice it becomes a habit or you otherwise want to go overboard, step away from the pinot noir!
Dr. Michael Roizen, MD
Internal Medicine
Red wine contains resveratrol, a polyphenol, or flavonoids that seems to decrease aging of the deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) in the mitochondria, the cell's energy plant. Red wine has this benefit, because the skin of the grape contains resveratrol, and red wine has been in contact with that skin for a longer period of time than the white wines, hence its red color. Red wine, presumably because of the presence of flavonoids in grape skins may have other antioxidant benefits as well. The flavonoids act as an antioxidant and free-radical scavenger, resulting in reduced arterial and immune system aging. So, a fun way to incorporate moderate drinking into your life - and one that is less likely to lead to over-consumption of alcohol - is to become a wine lover.
Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
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