Need another excuse to unwind with a glass of wine tonight? According to a new study conducted by Israeli researchers, a glass of red wine could significantly increase your HDL cholesterol (the good kind!).
Researchers assigned 224 patients to drink either mineral water, white wine or red wine with dinner while following a Mediterranean diet. After the course of two years, they found that the red wine drinkers’ HDL cholesterol rose by 10 percent. They also noted that the ratio of total cholesterol to HDL decreased significantly. Though the white wine drinkers didn’t exhibit any of these benefits, researchers did find that all who consumed wine significantly decreased Triglycerides and fasting plasma glucose levels. Plus, they got a better night’s sleep than the water drinkers. We’ll pour to that!