Pair your wine with a touch of cardio

At the European Society of Cardiology Congress, researchers from the Czech Republic presented a first of its kind study in which they concluded that wine has its greatest cardiovascular benefits for those who exercise.

“This is the first randomised trial comparing the effects of red and white wine on markers of atherosclerosis in people at mild to moderate risk of CVD,” says Professor Milos Taborsky, Director of the Internal Cardiology Clinic of the University Hospital and Palacky University in Olomouc. “We found that moderate wine drinking was only protective in people who exercised. Red and white wine produced the same results.”

Dr. Taborsky’s “In Vino Veritas” study involved 146 participants who, according to Heart Score, an international risk assessment tool, carried mild to moderate risk of cardiovascular disease.

They were assigned at random to drink a moderate amount of Czechoslovakian wine from the same year and region over the course of a year, either Pinot Noir (red) or Chardonnay-Pinot (white).