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14 years 7 months ago #1996 by beedee
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By Amy Norton
Tue Nov 27, 12:38 PM ET

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Adding to evidence that a little wine can do a heart good, a new study suggests that women who drink moderate amounts may have less inflammation in their blood vessels.

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Spanish researchers found that after four weeks of drinking two glasses of wine per day, women showed lower levels of certain inflammatory substances in their blood. The findings, reported in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, suggest a mechanism by which wine -- particularly red wine -- may protect the heart.

Numerous studies have found that wine drinkers tend to have lower rates of heart disease than teetotalers do. Research also suggests that higher levels of "good" HDL cholesterol may be one reason, though not a full explanation of the benefit.

Figuring out exactly how wine may protect the heart is important in order to prove that the link between wine and heart health is, in fact, a direct one, according to Dr. Emilio Sacanella, the lead researcher on the new study.

Studies that show wine drinkers to have better heart health do not prove that wine is the reason, explained Sacanella, of the University of Barcelona. Wine lovers may, for example, have generally better diets, higher exercise levels or other heart-healthy habits, he told Reuters Health.

For their study, Sacanella and his colleagues focused on the potential effects of wine on inflammation. Inflammation is part of the body's response to injury. It's thought that chronic, low-level inflammation -- in response to stresses like smoking, high cholesterol and obesity -- contributes to the buildup of fatty deposits called plaques in the inner lining of the arteries.

Inflammation may also make these plaques more likely to rupture and create a blood clot that could then trigger a heart attack.

Sacanella's team recruited 35 healthy women who regularly drank amounts of wine. Each woman spent four weeks on a heart-healthy, but wine-free, diet, followed by four weeks in which they had a glass of red wine with lunch and dinner. They followed the same pattern with white wine.

Overall, the study found, the women's HDL levels climbed after four weeks of drinking, while their blood levels of a number of inflammatory substances, such as C-reactive protein, declined. Red wine had a more pronounced effect than white wine.

The greater benefit of red wine may be related to its higher concentration of polyphenols, according to the researchers. Polyphenols are plant compounds that act as antioxidants and may help reduce inflammation.

According to Sacanella, population studies have suggested that people who drink moderate amounts of wine -- about a glass or two per day -- may lower their risk of dying from heart disease by nearly one-third compared with non-drinkers.

"So a person who usually drinks up to this quantity of alcohol should maintain this healthy habit," he said.

However, he added, doctors cannot recommend that non-drinkers take up the habit, as some people are vulnerable to drinking problems and the health consequences that come with that.

SOURCE: American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, November 2007.
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14 years 7 months ago #67028 by maggies mum
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I knew it was for me own good!

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14 years 7 months ago #67037 by reggit
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But I can't drink! [V] Soooo unfair. Canyou find one that extols the virtues of drinking lots of coffee and eating lots of chocolate? [}:)]

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14 years 7 months ago #67038 by maggies mum
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Lifes a bitch eh! ;)

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14 years 7 months ago #67043 by reggit
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You can have my share of wine if I can have your share of chocolate, MM [}:)]

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14 years 7 months ago #67046 by beedee
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T, did you sneak and drink coffee prior to your blood test the other week????? coffee puts cholesterol into the circulating system, and so gives false HIGHS[}:)] not that yours was high[8D].. yes dark choc has the antioxidants, the hormonal stimuli for peace calm and tranquility, and improves general good health.. which means since i dont drink, eat choco and can only have very weak coffee.. I should be long gone[xx(]

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14 years 7 months ago #67049 by reggit
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No beedee, I was good, it was a fasting blood test so I had to stagger down before I had even had my bowl of porridge! :(

Yes, the calming bit is the reason I eat chocolate, of course [}:)] and the coffee is to counteract the calming chocolate when action is needed! [8D]

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14 years 7 months ago #67054 by maggies mum
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quote:Originally posted by tigger

You can have my share of wine if I can have your share of chocolate, MM [}:)]

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NEVER!!![}:)]

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14 years 7 months ago #67086 by spoook
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So I am right in packing dark chocolate in my hospital bag! Yayyyyyy. Not sure I could sneak in the red wine :p

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14 years 7 months ago #67089 by betenoir
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Take the inside bladder from a pack of decent 'chateau cardboard' and hang it from a drip stand with a length of plastic hose attached...vin de iv[:I]

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14 years 7 months ago #67116 by beedee
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spoook, thats a definite... as for the red wine. I thought they serve that with the dinner tray from day two onwards... but the staff are very used to folk going through the DT's that they will close their eyes to anyfink.. for peace and cooperation.. just think it will soothe those blood vessels while they heal.. who needs heparin.. tell them you have sundowners syndrome:D:D:D[8D][}:)]

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14 years 7 months ago #67118 by reggit
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quote:Originally posted by beedee

tell them you have sundowners syndrome:D:D:D[8D][}:)]

That's no fun during daylight savings, having to wait an extra hour!! [}:)]

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14 years 7 months ago #67136 by beedee
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nah ....they just start earlier... or ... finish later..:D:D:D.. tis sortta funy, these mild gentle folk suddenly become sooo aggressive about 2-3 pm.. and look out at 6pm

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