Drinking wine with your fish boosts the benefits to your heart, a new study suggests.
A glass or two of wine per day increases the amount of heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids in a person's blood, the researchers said. The study found that those who drank in moderation had higher blood levels of omega-3 - even when intake of fish, the major dietary source of the fats, was taken into account. The link was strongest among wine drinkers, compared with those who favoured beer and spirits.
The findings suggest that wine, in particular, may affect the body's metabolism of omega-3 fats, according to the researchers, led by Dr Romina di Giuseppe of Catholic University in Campobasso, Italy.
The results also help explain why wine drinking, in moderation, has been linked to a lower risk of heart disease, the researchers report in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.