Research shows that having one drink a day may help protect your heart and your entire vascular system. Enjoying a moderate amount of alcohol also seems to raise levels of HDL (good) cholesterol. In addition, it relaxes you, which can only help your blood pressure.
Although wine itself doesn’t contain omega-3 fatty acids, research suggests that a bit of wine — not too much, not too little — somehow boosts blood levels of these heart-healthy fatty acids.
Heart-Healthy Tip: Moderate drinking means no more than one drink per day. That translates into a 12-ounce beer, 1.5 ounces of 80-proof liquor, or a 5-ounce glass of wine. Next time you pour a glass of wine, get out your kitchen measuring cup. You might be surprised to see what 5 ounces look like!