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Skip the red wine! Grab a glass of sparkling wine and protect your heart instead

by , 10 September 2013

Think popping open a bottle of sparkling wine and enjoying the bubbles is a sinful indulgence? You couldn't be more wrong. Sparkling wine is actually just as good for your heart - if not better - than red wine! Here's why…

The health industry always gives red wine props for being the ultimate ‘wine health’ indulgence.

But did you know that sparkling wine also has great health benefits? Especially when it comes to your heart…

Two heart health benefits you get when you drink sparkling wine…

Heart health benefit #1: It contains heart protecting antioxidants
The biggest reason behind sparkling wines ability to protect your heart comes from the fact that sparkling wine contains the same polyphenols found in red wine!

These antioxidants reduce the damage free radicals do to your body and can help lower your lower blood pressure and prevent heart problems like strokes, says greatist.com

Heart health benefit #2: It lowers your blood pressure
In 2009, research from the British Journal of Nutrition revealed that sparkling wine lowers your blood pressure better than red wine. This is because, when you drink sparkling wine, you experience a slower removal of nitric oxide from your blood, explains the Napa Wines and Cork website. This strengthens the walls of your blood vessels and lowers your blood pressure as a result.

And it’s not just your heart... Sparkling wine is good for your brain too!

According to a study published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, sparkling wine and champagne protects you against brain injuries that occur during a stroke, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease and other illnesses, reports sixwise.com.

So there you have it! Three great reasons to skip that glass of red wine this evening and toast to your good health with a bubbly glass of sparkling wine instead!

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