Non-Alcoholic Red Wine May Help Reduce High Blood Pressure

07 Sep 2012 --- Researchers studied 67 men with diabetes or three or more cardiovascular risk factors who ate a common diet plus one of the following drinks: about 10 ounces of red wine, non-alcoholic red wine or about 3 ounces of gin.

7 Sep 2012 --- Men with high risk for heart disease had lower blood pressure after drinking non-alcoholic red wine every day for four weeks, according to a new study in the American Heart Association journal Circulation Research.

Non-alcoholic red wine increased participants' levels of nitric oxide, which helped decrease both systolic and diastolic blood pressure, researchers said. Nitric oxide is a molecule in the body that helps blood vessels relax and allows more blood to reach your heart and organs.

Researchers studied 67 men with diabetes or three or more cardiovascular risk factors who ate a common diet plus one of the following drinks: about 10 ounces of red wine, non-alcoholic red wine or about 3 ounces of gin. All of the men tried each diet/beverage combination for 4 weeks.

The red wine and nonalcoholic wine contained equal amounts of polyphenols, an antioxidant that decreases blood pressure.

During the red wine phase, the men had very little reduction in blood pressure and there was no change while drinking gin. However, after drinking non-alcoholic red wine, blood pressure decreased by about 6mmHg in systolic and 2mmHg in diastolic blood pressure -- possibly reducing the risk of heart disease by 14 percent and stroke by as much as 20 percent.

Researchers concluded that the alcohol in red wine weakens its ability to lower blood pressure. But polyphenols -- still present after alcohol is removed from wine -- are likely the beneficial element in wine.

Co-authors are Gemma Chiva-Blanch, Mireia Urpi-Sarda, Emilio Ros, Sara Arranz, Palmira Valderas-Martinez, Rosa Casas, Emilio Sacanella, Rafael Llorach, Rosa M Lamuela-Raventos, Cristina Andres-Lacueva and Ramon Estruch. Author disclosures and funding sources are on the manuscript.

Related Articles

Health & Nutrition News

High-Sugar Diet Linked To Insulin Resistance and Muscle Loss

27 Apr 2015 --- According to the latest statistics from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than 19 million Americans (6% of the US population) are 75 years or older, a number that has been increasing steadily as the Baby Boom generation enters its golden years. The progressive loss of muscle mass and function (collectively called sarcopenia) often accompanies aging.

Health & Nutrition News

Higher Circulating Vitamin E My Protect Against Gum Disease

27 Apr 2015 --- Periodontitis is a serious chronic inflammatory disease that damages the soft tissue (gums) in the mouth and destroys the underlying bone supporting the teeth. Periodontitis can cause tooth loss, and its presence increases a person's risk for heart disease and stroke.

Health & Nutrition News

Maternal Consumption of Dietary Fiber May Have Long-Term Benefits For Infant Immune Development

27 Apr 2015 --- The "developmental origins of health and disease" hypothesis is based on a growing number of studies showing that environmental factors - including nutrition - during fetal growth and infancy can have powerful effects on life-long health.

Health & Nutrition News

Study: Drinking Just 1 or 2 Alcoholic Drinks a Day Linked to Liver Disease

27 Apr 2015 --- According to the World Health Organization, excessive alcohol drinking is the most common cause of cirrhosis worldwide.

More Articles
URL : http://www.nutritioninsight.com:80/news/Non-Alcoholic-Red-Wine-May-Help-Reduce-High-Blood-Pressure.html