Heart Health Month

In a recent article from the Mayo Clinic, we find the facts regarding red wine and its impact on your heart. Red wine, in moderation, has long been thought of as heart healthy. The alcohol and certain substances in red wine called antioxidants may help prevent coronary artery disease, the condition that leads to heart attacks.

Any links between red wine and fewer heart attacks aren’t completely understood. But part of the benefit might be that antioxidants may increase levels of high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol (the “good” cholesterol) and protect against cholesterol buildup.

Antioxidants in red wine called polyphenols may help protect the lining of blood vessels in your heart. A polyphenol called resveratrol is one substance in red wine that’s gotten attention.

Resveratrol in red wine

Resveratrol might be a key ingredient in red wine that helps prevent damage to blood vessels, reduces low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol (the “bad” cholesterol) and prevents blood clots. Some research shows that resveratrol could be linked to a lower risk of inflammation and blood clotting, which can lead to heart disease. But other studies found no benefits from resveratrol in preventing heart disease.

More research is needed to determine if resveratrol lowers the risk of inflammation and blood clotting.

Health Benefits of Lamb

Sheep are a very important factor in our sustainable farming system.  Part of that cycle results in the grass-fed lamb meat that feeds our families.  Lamb is lean protein powerhouse offering an excellent iron source, nervous system health promoter, immune booster, and a rich source of healthy fats like Omega-3 Fatty Acids and CLA.

What could be cozier than a warm fire, a pot of lamb shanks slow cooking, and a glass of Cabernet Sauvignon from Shannon Ridge Family of Wines?

Cheers to good health!

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