Wine has numerous vitamins: Vitamin C, Vitamin B2, Vitamin B3 and Vitamin P. On November 17, 1991, the TV show 60 Minutes aired a segment called “The French Paradox”. The show talked about how the French eat lots of fat, smoke unfiltered cigarettes and rarely exercise, yet they have one of the lowest heart attack rates in the world. Their consumption of red wine was given as the main reason for this phenomenon. This 60 Minutes segment virtually turned around the wine industry in the United States, and prompted hundreds of studies looking into the actual cause of this. Thus, numerous articles have emerged with proof revealing that people who consume moderate amounts of alcohol (no more than 2 drinks a day) have fewer heart problems than either alcohol abusers or non-drinkers.

The positive effect of alcohol appears to be “related to an increase in serum HDL (the “good” cholesterol), a decrease in serum LDL (the “bad” cholesterol) and inhibition of arterial blood clot formation.” But some studies have singled out wine as the best alcohol to drink, because of something called flavonoids, which are present in fruits, vegetables and red wine. A French research team wrote: “Wine, as compared to spirits, seems to supply natural antioxidants that inhibit the rebound effect, preventing the clumping of blood platelets in the arteries that can cause heart attacks.” Recent findings are stating that alcohol may even help prevent osteoporosis by increasing bone density.

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