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Non-Alcoholic Red Wine Reduces Blood Pressure

Update Date: Sep 11, 2012 09:19 AM EDT

A new study claims that consuming non-alcoholic red wine could be beneficial for men with the high risk of heart disease.

The drink significantly reduced the blood pressure in men when they had consumed it every day for four weeks, says the study published in the American Heart Association's Circulation Research journal. 

According to the researchers, the non-alcoholic red wine was found to increase the levels of nitric oxide in participants, which helped decrease both systolic and diastolic blood pressure in them.

Nitric oxide helps blood vessels relax and allows more blood flow to the heart and organs, the Medical Xpress reported. 

For the study, the researchers observed 67 men with diabetes or three or more cardiovascular risk factors. All the participants consumed the same food and were given one of the following drinks -- about 10 ounces of red wine, non-alcoholic red wine or about 3 ounces of gin. All of the men had tried each diet/beverage combination for four weeks, the report said. 

There was equal amount of polyphenols in red wine and in non-alcoholic wine. Polyphenols is an antioxidant that decreases blood pressure. 

The analysis of the study revealed that while having regular red wine, there was very little reduction in blood pressure in men; while drinking gin, there was none at all. 

However, it was found that the non-alcoholic red wine reduced blood pressure by about 6mmHg in systolic and 2mmHg in diastolic blood pressure, which also possibly reduced the risk of heart disease by 14 percent and stroke by as much as 20 percent. 

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