Cholesterol numbers too high? These five diet and lifestyle strategies let you nudge numbers down without medication. By: Maureen Callahan, MS, RD
Studies confirm red wine raises levels of HDL or “good” cholesterol. It doesn’t hurt either, according to a 2010 review from the Journal of Cardiovascular Research, that wine is rich in antioxidants (quercetin, resveratrol, proanthocyanidines), which protect the heart by decreasing inflammation and oxidative stress. If you imbibe, the American Heart Association advises women put a limit on alcohol to one drink (one 5 ounce glass of wine) per day and up to two drinks per day for men.
One more thing: Don’t drink? This isn’t a call to start; these same antioxidant compounds can be found in grape juice, green tea, and many fruits and vegetables.