A new study suggests you shouldn’t feel guilty about drinking red wine in moderation during the week – in fact, it could give you health benefits.
A team of experts in Germany and Northern Ireland looked at the link between consumption of flavonoids – found in red wine, among other food and drink – and blood pressure in a sample of nearly 1,000 German people.
They found drinking three standard-sized glasses (125ml) of red wine a week can lower blood pressure.
It’s thought that flavonoids promote the relaxation of muscles in our arteries, allowing them to widen and therefore improving blood flow.
However, the experts stress that if you don’t drink alcohol already, you shouldn’t start, and that boozers should always bear in mind official drinking guidelines.
According to the American Heart Association, which published the study, alcohol intake can be part of a healthy diet if consumed in moderation, meaning no more than one alcoholic drink a day for women and two alcohol drinks a day for men.
The NHS currently advises men and women not to drink more than 14 units a week on a regular basis. A large glass of wine (250ml) is around three units.
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SOURCE: Daily Mail, Jonathan Chadwick