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Can Drinking Champagne Benefit Your Heart?

January 7, 2010 by  

Can drinking champagne benefit your heart?According to a recent study, moderate consumption of champagne on a daily basis can be good for the heart and for circulation.

Researchers at the University of Reading have found that two glasses of sparkling wine a day may improve blood vessel function and lower the risk of blood clots.

The study concluded that the consumption of plant chemicals from red and white grapes found in champagne can increase the availability of nitric oxide, a vascular molecule that controls blood pressure.

"Our research has shown that drinking around two glasses of champagne can have beneficial effects on the way blood vessels function, in a similar way to that observed with red wine," said lead researcher Jeremy Spencer.

"We always encourage a responsible approach to alcohol consumption, but the fact that drinking champagne has the potential to reduce the risks of suffering from cardiovascular diseases such as heart disease and stroke is very exciting news," he added.

While short-term results appear to be positive, researchers admit that more research needs to be conducted to determine the long-term effects of daily consumption of this type of alcohol. Scientists also stress that health benefits can only be achieved when drinking champagne in strict moderation.
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