Good or Bad for Your Health? The Verdict on Wine

It may help you to live longer and avoid certain ailments, but it's also been linked to liver damage and depression. Do the benefits outweigh the risks? (9 Photos)

Dr. Madelyn Fernstrom on Oct 7, 2010 at 3:52PM

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Good or Bad for Your Health? The Verdict on Wine

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Helpful or Harmful?

Wine is supposedly able to protect your heart, prevent cancer, and even strengthen your brain function. But there are also warnings it may raise your blood pressure and blood fats, cause liver damage, and contribute to depression. Does the good outweigh the bad? And does it matter what type--red, white or rose--and how much you drink? Our health editor-at-large, Madelyn Fernstrom, PhD, CNS, sorts through the research on wine's pros and cons to give you the lowdown on how to get the most out of each sip, and whether it's worth drinking at all.

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