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There was a time many years ago when almost everyone drank whisky. Some years ago, one noticed a distinct preference to stay away from the whisky and choose beer. Over the last few years, possibly due to a higher awareness in the areas of health and wellness, increasingly, I find people drinking more of wine.

And here’s some good news.

I am sure you knew that red wine helps protect against heart disease, by raising the level of “Good” (HDL) cholesterol and preventing the formation of “Bad” (LDL) cholesterol.

Here’s an article by Nicholas Wade in the New York Times which says that red wine may actually help slow down aging. Can it enhance life longevity seems to be the million dollar question engaging the attention of researchers.

For those of you for whom aging is not a problem but fat is- here’s another article – again from the New York Times – this one by Tara Parker-Pope which says that red wine may curb fat  cells and work well in your campaign against obesity. Resveratrol, a compound present in grapes and red wine appears to inhibit the development of fat cells and have other anti-obesity properties.

As is obvious while red wine may have benefits, these can be undone if one becomes addicted to it or goes overboard in its consumption. Within reasonable limits, it seems to do a lot of good. Like in everything else, exercise discretion.

Bring on the red wine. Let’s drink to ………. your health !

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