HealthDay News — Drinking dealcoholized red wine, compared with red wine or gin, decreases systolic and diastolic blood pressure, study results show.

In a randomized, cross-over, controlled clinical trial, Roman Estruch, MD, PhD, from the University of Barcelona in Spain, and colleagues assigned 67 men at high cardiovascular risk to three treatments: a common background diet plus red wine (30 g alcohol/day), the equivalent amount of dealcoholized red wine or gin (30 g alcohol/day).

Each intervention lasted four weeks. Anthropometrical parameters, BP levels, and plasma nitric oxide were measured at baseline and after each intervention. The results were published in Circulation Research.

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Systolic and diastolic blood pressure decreased significantly after the dealcoholized red wine intervention, the researchers found, and the changes in BP correlated with increases in plasma nitric oxide.

“[D]ealcoholized red wine decreases systolic and diastolic blood pressure, possibly through a nitric oxide-mediated mechanism,” the researchers write. “The daily consumption of dealcoholized red wine could be useful for the prevention of low-to-moderate hypertension.”


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