Did you know there are actually health benefits to drinking red wine? Just another reason to celebrate National Drink Wine Day!

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Red wine, in moderation, has long been thought to be healthy for your heart healthy. Certain substances in red wine contain antioxidants that could help prevent coronary artery disease, the condition that leads to heart attacks, according to Mayo Clinic.

Those antioxidants are polyphenols. Polyphenols, namely the one called 'resveratrol', may help protect the lining of blood vessels in your heart. Resveratrol reduces the bad cholesterol (LDL) in your body, and prevents blood clots. How cool is that?

So, if you plan on celebrating National Wine Day today, make it a glass of red, and drink to your heart health.

February is National Heart Health Month, and a good reminder to take care of your ticker. The team of professionals at Virtua Health can provide you with all the necessary resources for keeping your heart healthy, from screenings to treatment. Visit Virtua.org to learn more.

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SOURCES: Mayo Clinic