Monday, December 28, 2009

Champagne, in Moderation, is Good for Your Heart

Source: Science Daily (Summary by NIM)

This New Year's Eve, you may want to celebrate
and improve your heart health by drinking not one, but two glasses of champagne! A new study published in the British Journal of Nutrition has found that the polyphenols found in champagne actually help increase the availability nitric oxide in the blood vessels, improving circulation and heart health.

In slowing down the natural removal of nitric oxide from our blood, the molecule will have a longer time to act on blood vessels, improving the flow of blood around the body. In addition, higher concentrations of nitric oxide in the blood may help to decrease both blood pressure and the likelihood of blood clots forming, which lowers the risk of cardiovascular disease.

Even though the research has shown that drinking about two glasses of champagne per day can be good for the heart, Dr. Jeremy Spencer, from the Department of Food and Nutritional Sciences advises "We always encourage a responsible approach to alcohol consumption". So, this New Year's Eve, be safe, have fun and be sure to raise a glass of champagne (or two) to your health!

Read more about this study in the article called "Champagne Is Good for Your Heart, Study Suggests -- But Only in Moderation" from Science Daily (Dec 14, 2009).