Controlling the levels of cholesterol depends on the lifestyle of each person in question. To do this, it is advisable to follow a balanced, healthy and complete diet, in addition to leading an active life with physical exercise on regular basis.
In recent years, much has been said about the possible benefits of moderate intake of red wine for cardiovascular health, although it was not entirely clear after conducting different scientific studies.
Now, from the Fundación Española del Corazón (FEC) they assure that the antioxidant elements contained in red wine can help prevent the development of cardiovascular diseases. In this sense, they explain that the moderate intake of red wine helps to increase the levels of cholesterol HDL (good) and generates a protective effect on the arteries.
However, the FEC warns that excessive consumption of red wine can have highly detrimental consequences for health.
Is it good to have a glass of red wine a day?
This is a recurring question among citizens and is sometimes questioned by their nutritionists or cardiology specialists.
Thus, from the American Heart Association, a wide variety of studies have analyzed in recent decades moderate alcohol consumption and its link with a lower number of deaths from cardiovascular diseases.
With all this, most research suggests that the benefits of alcohol consumption are mainly related to red wine. And it is that this drink is rich in flavonoids, a nutritional element that provides a vasodilator effect for the arteries.
In addition, red wine also contains tannins and polyphenols present in the seeds and skin of the grape, which act as antioxidants against molecules known as free radicals.
Red wine and cholesterol
On the other hand, a wide variety of studies explain that red wine helps increase 'good' cholesterol levels, provided that it is consumed in moderation and therefore is beneficial for cardiovascular health.
Resveratrol is another substance found in the composition of red wine and could be linked to a lower risk of inflammation and blood clotting. However, the Spanish Heart Foundation advises moderate consumption.
When speaking of moderate consumption, the experts refer to a maximum glass of red wine per day. In this sense, it is ideal to incorporate it during the meal, with the aim of delaying the absorption of ethanol and reducing the level of alcohol in the body.
Although, as it is an alcoholic beverage, it is not indicated for any type of person. Thus, red wine is contraindicated for people with diabetes, pregnant women, children, adolescents, people taking certain types of medication and people with serious heart disease or liver disease.
In any case, it is the responsibility of a medical specialist to individually assess the situation of each patient to analyze the possible risks and benefits of consuming red wine, despite showing certain benefits in terms of cholesterol refers.