Benefits of Red Wine – Must Be Non-Alcoholic for Lowered Blood Pressure Benefits?

Benefits of Red Wine – Must Be Non-Alcoholic for Lowered Blood Pressure Benefits?

A recent study that was published in the Circulation Research journal has reported that it is not just red wine that offers benefits to those with high blood pressure. In fact, non-alcoholic red wine is even better for addressing this cardiovascular risk.

The study was done with almost 70 men, and had them cycle through several weeks drinking red wine, non-alcoholic red wine, and gin with their daily meals. During this time, their vitals were monitored in order to see the effects each of these benefits had on their blood pressure levels. The results? Non-alcoholic red wine seemed to have the most health benefits of all. While the drop in blood pressure was not exactly extreme, it does prove that non-alcoholic wine can reduce an individual’s risk for strokes and coronary heart disease by 14-20%.

Why did this happen? The primary reason why red wine is said to have these heart-healthy benefits is due to the polyphenols that are found in wine. However, even when polyphenols are introduced into other beverages, it doesn’t address blood pressure at all. These polyphenols work together with nitric oxide, which, when consumed, can help relax an individual’s blood vessels. The nitric oxide is increased when the alcohol is removed. The alcohol itself may essentially “cancel out” the benefits that individuals are experiencing from the antioxidants that are naturally found in wine.

While more research needs to be done to confirm this new information, it is still believed the a glass of red wine still has its benefits for heart health. However, if you’re not looking for the “buzz” and are more interested in lowering blood pressure, perhaps it’s time to jump for the non-alcoholic wines instead!

To read more about this particular study and the information found, follow this link to ABCNews.com

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