Finally, in my pursuit of happiness, a study supports my theory that red wine is a healthy form of liquid grapes! That’s right, a study published on pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov (a highly respected resource) concluded that red wine has a beneficial effect on the gut mirobiome which MAY contribute to cardiovascular benefits.
A downside to this study is that red wine does not modify plasma TMAO, a metabolite that is released when gut bacteria process protein-rich foods. Okay, what does that mean? Maybe nothing but TMAO has been identified as playing a role in the development of atherosclerosis. For those non-clinical folks, atherosclerosis is a condition where the arteries become narrowed and hardened due to buildup of plaque (fats) in the artery wall. When this happens, it can cause less blood flow to the heart resulting in cardiac events.
For those who follow my blogs you are likely tired of hearing this, but again, moderation. There is no magic pill (or liquid grape) that is going to save the world. Our lives are enriched by a variety of different foods, drinks, and experiences and as long as we are mindful that how we choose to live today will have long-term effects on our body, we should be good! Remember, to the world you may be one person, but to one person you are the world, take care of YOU! Stay well and stay informed!