‘Convincing’: Dr. Mosley says popular alcoholic beverage can lower cholesterol and hypertension
From cancer to dementia, alcohol has been linked to a range of unwanted health problems. Despite its harmful effects, this drink remains one of the most popular drinks. The good news is that there is one option that not only can be beneficial in small amounts, but can even lower cholesterol and high blood pressure, also known as hypertension, according to Dr. Michael Mosley.
Between a glass of chilled G&T and a pint of beer, Britons have been known to indulge in a drink from time to time.
While alcoholic beverages do nothing good for your health, one drink seems to be the exception to this rule.
Speaking on his Just One Thing podcast, Dr. Mosley said: “To mark the end of a busy week, my wife and I are going to do something that is supposed to protect our hearts and kickstart our gut bacteria.
“You may hear the sound of a wine bottle being unscrewed.”
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If you love red wine like the doctor does, you’ll be pleased to know that this popular drink is the only alcohol that also offers some “convincing” health benefits.
The drink has been found to reduce high blood pressure and high cholesterol levels.
These two common conditions can set the stage for cardiovascular disease, from heart attacks to strokes.
Luckily, drinking red wine in moderation can help catch these criminals.
First, if you do not drink alcohol at all, then the doctor does not “suggest” you to start right now.
But if you already enjoy a cocktail, beer or cider from time to time, it might be time to change your habit to a glass of red.
The reason red wine seems to be an exception to the harmful power of alcohol is because of its main ingredient.
Dr. Mosley invited Professor Tim Spector to look into the causes of the protective effects. The professor said, “Wine is made from grapes.
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“And grape skins have protective chemicals called polyphenols.
“Red wine contains three times more polyphenols than white wine. The fermentation process itself actually increases the amount of polyphenols.”
It is these plant-based treats that have been linked to lower blood pressure, cholesterol levels, and therefore the risk of heart disease.
Don’t take the expert’s word for it, as a 2015 study in Israel also highlights the powerful power of wine.
In a study of 224 abstainers with diabetes, the research team randomly assigned participants to drink a medium glass of red wine, a glass of white wine, or a glass of mineral water with dinner every night for two years.
“After that, empty bottles were collected to make sure that they really drank what they were prescribed,” said Dr. Mosley.
Interestingly, the red alcoholic drink ranked first on this list of drinks, achieving a “significant” improvement in participants’ cholesterol levels.
The doctor added: “Choose red wine – a glass or two – a few days a week. This could benefit your gut microbiome and your heart.”
The National Health Service recommends no more than 14 units of alcohol per week.
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