Wine and Exercise: A Promising Combination
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Thursday, September 18, 2014 03:00 PM

Red and white wines showed equal health benefits in new research—among people who move.  The European Society of Cardiology found that wine drinkers have healthier hearts than abstainers, but the current trial—called In Vino Veritas (In Wine, Truth)—is one of the first studies to actually introduce wine into people’s lives and track its effects on their bodies.

The study's results “found that moderate wine drinking was only protective in people who exercised. Red and white wine produced the same results.”  For one year, subjects drank “moderate” amounts of wine five days per week.  By itself, drinking wine did not appreciably affect cholesterol, blood glucose, triglycerides, or levels of inflammatory markers like C-reactive protein. It also did not appreciably damage people’s livers during the year, at least, based on liver-function tests. But a more specific analysis that looked at people who exercised. Among those who worked out twice per week and drank wine, there was significant improvement in cholesterol levels (increased HDL and decreased LDL) after a year of wine—red or white, no matter.

"Our current study shows that the combination of moderate wine drinking plus regular exercise improves markers of atherosclerosis suggesting that this combination is protective against cardiovascular disease."