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It has long been thought that red wine is healthy for your heart. Cardiologists have found that the antioxidants, alcohol and resveratrol found in red wine help increase “good” cholesterol and decrease artery damage in the human body. The downside to red wine consumption is that if it’s abused it can lead to harmful effects on the body.

It’s no secret that college students like to have their fair share of alcoholic beverages. This is fine — but in moderation. While red wine is healthy for your heart and the younger you start taking your health seriously the better. But if you abuse red wine, or any other alcohol, you can end up in worse health than you started.

Why Red Wine Is Healthy

Red wine has been shown, through studies, to increase lipoprotein cholesterol (the good king) in the body, decrease blood clot formations and prevent “bad cholesterol” from damaging arteries. Red wine also includes a substance called resveratrol that is found in the skin of the grapes that make up red wine. Resveratrol is a polyphenol (a type of antioxidant) that helps by protecting the lining of blood vessels in the heart.

Moderate Your Consumption – Or Don’t Drink

Like anything in life, moderation is key to staying health and balanced. This is especially true when it comes to alcohol consumption. While doctors recommend consuming foods that contain antioxidants like resveratrol and “good” cholesterol, many do not recommend consuming alcohol. This is because alcohol can be destructive to the body and addictive. If you want to find resveratrol in other foods, they are in blueberries, cranberries and peanuts.

While being a college student means study and play, you might as well do it with an alcohol that has some health benefits to it and tastes great. Do your research. Find an awesome 90+ point red wine from an online retailer like and save a couple bucks in the process.

As Oscar Wilde once wrote, “Everything in moderation, including moderation.”

Any thoughts on the health benefits of red wine?

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