Protect Your Heart: Wine Isn’t Just an Indulgence


We simply had to share this discovery for those of you who like to enjoy the occasional glass of wine.

When you sit down with a perfectly chilled bottle, how much thought goes into how it was made or how the grapes were grown? One would think wine is just fermented grapes, but sadly the list of additives reads like a chemistry experiment. Essentially this is what winemaking has become – creating wine like substances using chemicals. Wines do not even require a nutrition or ingredients label!

In order to meet customer expectations for consistency, producers use additives to ensure the taste of the wine is very similar from one season to the next. This artificial process makes wine faster to produce and therefore cheaper. But these “artificial” wines come with a laundry list of long and short term health consequences.

Why is a cardiologist talking about wine?

We believe in enjoying many of life’s pleasures as long as they are free from toxic chemicals, pesticides and GMO’s.

Wine, particularly red wine, has many heart healthy benefits. Polyphenols are at the basis of wine’s cardioprotective potential and many of the adverse effects of wine can be attributed to simple overindulgence and added chemicals. Our hearts benefit from red wine’s antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and cytoprotective properties. In one study, oxidative levels of polyphenol plasma levels were higher in those drinking wine vs those not partaking, and even higher in those drinking red wine.

Flavonoids from red wine inhibit LDL oxidation and prevent endothelial dysfunction. Resveratrol is a well-known antioxidant and much sought after supplement for cardiovascular health. This polyphenol has a positive effect on hypertension, atherosclerosis, stroke, myocardial infarction, and heart failure.

White also has beneficial properties, but red wine really takes the crown as it is 10 fold higher in polyphenolic content. White wine consumption does afford benefits due to its antioxidants caffeic acid, tyrosol and hydroxytyrosol, which are also found in olive oil. Wine and olive oil sounds like the perfect combination and the makings of a delicious and healthy Italian meal!

Additionally, wine promotes the release of nitric oxide which is known to vasodilate blood vessels and lower blood pressure.

We don’t recommend alcohol/wine for everyone, especially those with AFib. Consumption of alcohol may trigger AFib, and sustained consumption may cause atrial electric remodeling. It has been shown that consumption of alcohol is a risk factor for Afib, causing increased recurrence and higher rates of persistent Afib.

Introducing Dry Farm Wines:

Most recently we have found a company called Dry Farm Wines whose mission aligns with our own at NHD. Their “passion and life’s purpose is sharing the knowledge, extraordinary vitality and abundant pleasures of optimized health in whole natural living and wellness. They search the globe to find world class, pure, whole, and natural family farmed wines that are naturally low in alcohol, statistically sugar and carb free for the very best of life optimization in wine enjoyment.”

Good wine starts with good soil. A teaspoon of soil has more nutrients in it than there are humans on the planet! These wines are curated from small family farms using organic and/or biodynamic practices and every wine is lab tested to ensure they meet strict requirements. The wines are keto and paleo containing only .15 grams of sugar in each glass. That is .6 grams in the entire bottle; however, I am not encouraging drinking the entire bottle yourself! Dry Farm Wines ensure their wine is mycotoxin/mold free and low in sulfites. I can’t see a reason to buy from anywhere else! Get 1 bottle free with your first subscription order which you can change or cancel at any time.


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