Fill your glass! Hav­ing red wine with din­ner is def­i­nitely a good idea for your heart.

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It de­pends. Just like the news on cof­fee and carbs, the re­search about wine’s im­pact on your health seems to keep chang­ing. Here’s what we know: En­joy­ing a glass of red wine might be good for your car­dio­vas­cu­lar health thanks to the an­tiox­i­dants it con­tains. One way they might help is by pro­tect­ing the lin­ing of your heart’s blood ves­sels. How­ever, drinking too much red wine (more than a 5-ounce glass a day for women) could raise your blood pres­sure, sub­se­quently in­creas­ing your risk for heart dis­ease, Politi says. One more caveat: While a re­cent study con­firms that mod­er­ate drinking might be good for your heart, it doesn’t rec­om­mend that non­drinkers start drinking to lower their risk of heart dis­ease. If you’re not al­ready rais­ing a glass, there’s no need to start now.

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