Drinking red wine could help lower blood pressure, study finds
According to a new study, drinking a couple glasses of red wine each week can help people prevent high blood pressure.
Lower blood pressure has been linked to larger intakes of flavonoids-rich foods including red wine, berries, apples, and tea, according to research from Queen’s University in Belfast and Kiel University in Germany.
According to the research, participants needed to drink around three glasses of red wine each week to reduce their blood pressure, although moderation is important.
Eating 80gs of berries a day was also found to be beneficial.
A total of 900 individuals from Germany participated in the study, which looked at the impact of bacteria in the gut microbiome in metabolizing flavonoids contained in specific foods and beverages, which helped to lower blood pressure.
Professor Aedin Cassidy, the study’s lead investigator, said in a statement, “Our gut microbiome plays a key role in metabolizing flavonoids to enhance their cardioprotective effects, and this study provides evidence to suggest these blood pressure-lowering effects are achievable with simple changes to the daily diet.”
Flavonoids have previously been linked to improved heart health, but the revelation that they can also help decrease blood pressure is a new discovery.
The results of the study have been published in the American Heart Association journal Hypertension.
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