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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The Power of Antioxidants

The Claim: It’s the special antioxidants in wine that make it an overall health promoter.
The Bottom Line: Antioxidants are compounds found in certain foods, including wine, apples, dark chocolate, and tea. Wine contains a special type of antioxidant called flavonoids (part of the polyphenol family), known for particular heart-healthy effects. But the sweeter the wine, the lower the antioxidant content. So for the highest concentration of them, look for a dry red wine. Studies support drinking in moderation: for women, a 5-ounce serving daily (one regular-sized wine glass) or less for optimal health benefits.

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