A study by Czech scientists, presented at the European Society of Cardiology (ESC) Congress in Barcelona, found that both red and white wines have a protective effect against heart disease among those who take regular exercise.
A total of 146 people with a mild to moderate risk of heart disease were monitored for one year as part of the study. Half were told to drink red wine (Pinot Noir) and half white (Chardonnay-Pinot) in moderate quantities.
Men were allowed 300ml while women could have 200ml up to five times a week. It was reported that there were “positive and continuous” results were seen among those who exercised regularly.
The study appeared to show “some synergy” between wine and the benefits from regular exercise, which together seemed to strengthen the heart.
A rise in “good” HDL cholesterol and a fall in total cholesterol was observed regardless of whether a subject was drinking red or white wine.