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Bad News, Lushes: Non-Alcoholic Wine is Better at Lowering Blood Pressure

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Up until today we could pretty much justify our any of our vices (chocolate, wine, sex) because some study said they were healthy. Well, the American Heart Association really harshed our mellow with the new research they released stating that non-alcoholic red wine was more effective at lowering blood pressure than its boozy counterpart.

That's not to say red wine doesn't do the trick. It's just that the polyphenols, which are the blood pressure reducing antioxidants, are inhibited by the alcohol in the wine, so they're not as productive.

Researchers studied 67 men with diabetes or three or more cardiovascular risk factors who ate a common diet plus one of the following drinks: about 10 ounces of red wine, non-alcoholic red wine or about 3 ounces of gin.All of the men tried each diet/beverage
combination for 4 weeks. Doesn't sound like a bad study to be a part of.

The glory is that these were all men, so we can still justify our drinking because we're women, and of course our bodies react differently to wine. Just look at the Real Housewives.