Lebron James recently did an interview with ESPN where he revealed that he drinks wine every night, explaining that he does it to help his heart. The 36-year-old superstar athlete said he is still playing the best basketball he ever had despite his daily habit of drinking wine with dinner, saying that he believes it does wonders for the heart.
“I’ve heard it’s good for the heart,” James said. “Listen, I’m playing the best basketball of my life, and I’m drinking some wine pretty much every day. Whatever it is, I’ll take it.”
It is not an uncommonly held belief that wine is good for your health, but some experts disagree with James and say the belief is a myth and wine could even be bad for you. While wine is drunk in many of the healthiest places in the world, some research shows that daily consumption of alcohol has negative effects, it can slow down recovery from injuries as well as prevent you from performing at your athletic best.
James says he was not always a “wine guy”, adopting the habit and developing a taste for the stuff only when he turned 30.
And James isn’t alone in the NBA — other major players in the sport, including Carmelo Anthony, Chris Paul, and Devin Booker, are also big wine lovers.
When asked about his love of wine, James explained he’s played the best basketball he ever has while drinking wine every day. James has made every All-Star game since the age of 30 and has only improved in minutes played per game, points per game, rebounds per game, and assists per game.
While some researchers disagree with James, others say there is efficacy to the myth of wine’s benefits.
One such expert is Margarita Rohr, a cardiologist who spoke to Insider, who said that red wine has antioxidant properties that may make blood less likely to form clots.