Common medical knowledge has us maintain our blood through a variety of ways. Perhaps we pop an aspirin, eat fish rich in the right kinds of cholesterol and fatty acids, and of course drink a glass of vino (preferably a nice red swimming with that wonder compound reversterol, derived from grape skins).
Now researchers say that wine may actually raise the level of that "good blood" fatty acid, omega-3.
Under the headline, "A Little Wine May Boost Heart-Healthy Omega-3," Reuters news service is reporting:
"NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - A glass or two of wine per day may increase the amount of heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids in a person's blood, a new study suggests."
"The study of European adults found that those who drank in moderation tended to have higher blood levels of omega-3 -- even when intake of fish, the major dietary source of the fats, was taken into account."
"The link was strongest among wine drinkers, compared with those who favored beer and spirits. The findings suggest that wine, in particular, may affect the body's metabolism of omega-3 fats, according to the researchers, led by Dr. Romina di Giuseppe of Catholic University in Campobasso, Italy."
"The results also point to an additional explanation for why wine drinking, in moderation, has been linked to a lower risk of heart disease, the researchers report in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition."
"Omega-3 fatty acids, found in oily fish like salmon and mackerel, are thought to protect the heart by lowering triglycerides (a type of blood fat), reducing inflammation and preventing heart-rhythm disturbances, among other benefits."
"For its part, wine may boost blood levels of "good" HDL cholesterol, reduce the chances of blood clots and improve the function of the blood vessel lining."
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