Red Wine Better for You Without the Alcohol, Study Finds

While previous studies have shown that drinking red wine may have some health benefits, it may be best to drink it once the alcohol has been removed.

A new study in the American Heart Association journal Circulation Research found that men who were at high risk for heart disease had lower blood pressure after drinking non-alcoholic red wine daily for a month, according to a news release from the American Heart Association.

Researchers attribute the benefits to the polyphenols that red wine contains.

For the study, 67 men diagnosed with diabetes who also had three or more risk factors for heart disease were given one of three types of drinks for four weeks: red wine, non-alcoholic red wine and gin. After drinking the alcoholic red wine, their blood pressure went down very slightly. There was no change when they drank gin.

But when the study participants drank the non-alcoholic red wine, their blood pressure went down significantly – “possibly reducing the risk of heart disease by 14 percent and stroke by as much as 20 percent,” the news release states.

According to researchers, the non-alcoholic red wine raised the levels of nitric oxide in the men who participated in the study. Nitric oxide helps lower both systolic and diastolic blood pressure.

Source: American Heart Association

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