Red wine boosts omega-3s

 

Moderate consumption of red wine may boost hearty-healthy omega-3 fatty acids in your blood.

Moderate consumption of red wine may boost hearty-healthy omega-3 fatty acids in your blood.

File this under good news: Wine Spectator reports that drinking red wine may boost blood levels of omega-3 fatty acids. Omega-3s are linked to lower rates of heart disease and may help ward off depression (wow, so you really can drink your troubles away–just kidding!). You need to consume foods rich in omega-3 fats, since your body can’t produce them. Oily fish like salmon and mackerel are good sources, as are nuts and nut oils, flax seed, and canola oil.

European researchers have found moderate red wine consumption–one (4-ounce) glass per day for women, two for men–helps boost blood levels of omega-3s. They say wine helps the body synthesize omega-3s from plant and animal sources. 

Of course, the key is moderate consumption. Heavy drinkers in the study had lower blood levels of omega-3s.

You can celebrate the news tonight by grilling wild Alaskan salmon (it’s available frozen this time of year) and glass of pinot noir. If you want to find a good, super-affordable red table wine, check out Jason’s Wine Blog, which rates the cheap sips available at Trader Joe’s.

Cheap sips

 

(Photo courtesy of Culinary Institute of America/Greystone)

(Photo courtesy of Culinary Institute of America/Greystone)

If you’re a regular shopper at Trader Joe’s, you know their deeply discounted wine, beer,and other boozy beverages are a big part of their appeal. Today, Serious Eats spotlights Jason’s Wine Blog, which includes a regular feature on the best wine buys at TJ’s. Stuff as cheap as 4 bucks a bottle, which means you can stock up for holiday entertaining. Jason will release his ranking of TJ’s best wines for 2008 any day now. 

 

And if you’re wondering which wine to serve with which food, check out Trader Joe’s helpful food/wine pairing guide.