PROVIDENCE, R.I. (CBS Connecticut) – A recent study published in the September issue of Circulation linked the effects of red wine and vodka to heart health.
Researchers found that both alcoholic beverages can help raise HDL, which is the good kind of cholesterol.
“There has been previous research touting the benefits of moderate consumption of wine, but we wanted to test the effects of both wine and vodka in conjunction with high cholesterol as those who would be in this at-risk patient population typically have other medical issues, such as high cholesterol,” Frank Sellke, M.D., chief of cardiothoracic surgery at Rhode Island and The Miriam hospitals, told Science Daily. “What we found is that moderate consumption of both alcohols may reduce cardiovascular risk, but that red wine may offer increased protection due to its antioxidant properties.”
The study found that red wine dilates blood vessels, which allows for more oxygen to the heart.
It also found that vodka causes collateral vessels to develop, which provides more pathways for oxygen and lowers the risk of hardened arteries.
The survey was done on a group of pigs that were fed a high fat diet.
The researchers found that red wine still has the most benefits for your heart. It contains more anti-inflammatory properties because it’s loaded with antioxidants called resveratrol that helps boost health and fight off disease.
Even with these results, researchers still say men should drink no more than two glasses of red wine a day.
Researchers also found that pinot noir can provide the most health benefits as it contains a very high amount of resveratrol.