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This is What Happens When You Drink a Glass of Wine Every Night

Reader's Digest Logo By Jenn Sinrich of Reader's Digest | Slide 1 of 8: <p>While it's no replacement for a healthy diet loaded with all of the illness-fighting vitamins and nutrients you need, research has found that wine possesses <a href='http://www.rd.com/health/wellness/immune-boosting-foods/'>immune system-boosting benefits</a>. 'The antioxidants in wine increases heart-healthy HDL cholesterol as well as keeping the immune system strong,' says Kristine Arthur, MD, internist at Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center in Fountain Valley, California. 'HDL helps to prevent 'bad' plaque build-up in the arteries, which can also help prevent heart attacks and strokes.' If you're over age 21, these are the <a href='http://www.rd.com/food/fun/wine-terms-you-should-know/1'>wine terms</a> you need to memorize.</p>

You might get sick less often

If you enjoy a glass of vino after a hard-earned day, here's how you're doing right by your body.

While it's no replacement for a healthy diet loaded with all of the illness-fighting vitamins and nutrients you need, research has found that wine possesses immune system-boosting benefits. 'The antioxidants in wine increases heart-healthy HDL cholesterol as well as keeping the immune system strong,' says Kristine Arthur, MD, internist at Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center in Fountain Valley, California. 'HDL helps to prevent 'bad' plaque build-up in the arteries, which can also help prevent heart attacks and strokes.' 

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