Can Drinking Red Wine Stop High Blood Pressure?

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It’s fairly well-known that drinking a moderate amount of red wine can offer numerous health benefits. One study showed that the compounds in red wine protect your body from oxidation, which prevents certain types of cancer and offers protect from depression. Even earlier studies showed that this very popular beverage, which is made from grapes of darker colors, can even protect us from heart disease and improve our overall cardiovascular health.

If that isn’t enough reason to enjoy some wine with dinner, a new study has given us yet another reason to drink red wine. This study, recently published in the European Journal of Nutrition, found that the red grapes, from which wine gets its start, can lower blood pressure. This suggests that red wine is a great way to treat one of Western world’s biggest killers; hypertension, or high blood pressure. Find out 8 things to eat to naturally lower blood pressure.

In this study, 40 male rats were fed either a high fructose diet or a high fructose diet that was supplemented with different doses of red grape berry cells. The amounts were 200, 400, and 800mg/kg of body weight per day, over a 5 week period. The rats’ blood pressure, plasma triglycerides, adiponectin, and insulin levels were measured at the beginning of the trial then again after 3 weeks and then again after 5 weeks. The red grape cells’ effects on vasodilation were also monitored.

Rats that were fed the high fructose diet all had significant increases in their blood pressure adiponectin, triglyceride, plasma, and insulin levels. Rats in the second group also experienced these same high levels; however, the red grape cell supplements stabilized the levels at one point. These rats also experienced a positive effect on the widening of blood vessels, which is vital for lowering blood pressure. Researchers believe that the red grape cells improved metabolic parameters and decreased blood pressure levels.

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