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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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  • Katja

    Well, what “news” ! You Americans are always sooooo behind in everything !
    I am from Germany, and over 40 years ago already they would give some patients in hospitals (depending on their condition) every morning a piccolo bottle of champagne to get their circulation going (paid by health insurance, believe it or not !). They don’t do it anymore because the influx of asylants and the reunification have emptied the coffers of our former wonderful health care system.
    Yes, public health care CAN be great (if it is done right).

    • RICH


  • Time

    Thanks for your quote, so what went wrong with German Health care again?
    Have you noted we in the US have over 40 Million illeaglly here in the US. Thats the real number not the reported one on C BUTT S or C Not News, or A Been Fooling Cee You news networks.

    You know if it were not for us Americans You Germans would all be speaking Russian, so thanks for your insight.

  • Squigger

    I’m not going to get on the “we saved your butts” bandwagon – that’s completely off topic and unnecessary. So is the 40 million illegals we have here. The percentage of illegals vs citizens would be a more appropriate number to quote.

    However, I too am curious as to what went wrong with German Public Health Care. To not learn from others as we head down this road ourselves would be irresponsible.

    Granted, I don’t think we should be messing with what we already have. The model that works/worked in countries the size of Germany will not directly translate to a country as big and diverse as the US. And those who claim otherwise are either foolish, deceitful or both.

    • Graeme B

      What Katja is trying to tell you is that they used to supply champagne free of charge. She is not saying that their health care system is broke, just that it is no longer feasible to supply this to patients free of charge. Likewise, Ireland used to give patients a pint of Guinness as it is extremely healthful and beneficial in building up after an operation. A pint now costs 7euro so it is not supplied any longer. The German system works very well, as does the English and Canadian and Australian systems. Everything is all relevant as to size of population and cost of system. No matter how you crunch the numbers, the US system is twice the cost per patient as in any other G20 state

      • RICH


        • Graeme B

          As I say, the “FREE MAKET SYSTEM” costs TWICE as much as the socialist systems, which also allow private health care. It’s the reason that drugs in Canada, are manufactured in Canada and are then exported to US, at twice the cost, by the same US companies. Something wrong with that system, usually called RIP-OFF. It’s amazing that Medicare is socialized medicine yet nobody wants that touched. Seems to work a lot better than the free market system (Interesting that the insurance companies accept government assistance. Socialism that suits them when there are handouts)

  • Rebecca

    Great idea if you can take the headache you will have the next morning!

    • jim

      I have seen champagne be useful for afairs of the heart also. woo hoo

      • Fed Up Gal in NM

        LoL funny, Jim.

        Fed Up Gal

  • http://aol Michael

    Commie pinko I-D-I-O-T-S!!!!!!!!!

  • Norma

    I have been reading the posts and I am astounded by the negativity. THIS is what is wrong with our country. Why must everything be a fight that takes us off course. I read a very interesting article which is not surprise to me at all. My cardiologist started me drinking red wine 10 years ago to help.. and it has worked. My cholesterol is perfect and I eat horrible.

    But back to the blog. We went from a nice article with good information to a bunch of nonsense. A German person poking fun at Americans. Then American save your butt nasty comments. It is simply no wonder that the governments keep the people divided and ignore our message. The whole message was lots… a lot of people became angry and said nasty things… and it ended with name calling and shouting… Good job. Why not focus and accomplish something.

  • Gregory Polanski

    Being a blog writer myself, I really appreciate the time you took in wriitng this article. I am currently reading it on my Blackberry and will scan it once I get home.

  • Cheap Lenses

    Hello,I love reading through your blog, I wanted to leave a little comment to support you and wish you a good continuation. Wishing you the best of luck for all your blogging efforts.


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