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New research shows that a couple of glasses of champagne or red wine a day can cut the risk of heart disease.

health and fitness Updated: Jan 17, 2010 17:47 IST

Several studies over the years have proved the health benefits of red and white wine. Now, a study conducted by researchers at the Reading University in the United Kingdom, led by Dr Jeremy Spencer, establishes the fact that even sparkling wine and champagne can do wonders when it comes to boosting your cardiac health and blood circulation.

The study, published in the British Journal of Nutrition recently, implies that drinking a couple of glasses of champagne or sparkling wine a day cuts the risk of potential heart strokes and other heart-related diseases significantly. The research also proves that moderate intake of red wine reduces blood clots. The presence of poly-phenolic flavonoids, a kind of antioxidant, in red wine helps in fighting cardiovascular problems.

“One glass of wine a day helps in balancing the ratio of good cholesterol and bad cholesterol in the body and this is what I would recommend,” says Dr Reeta Shankar Seth, diet expert at Brookes Care clinic. “If you consider having red grapes, raisins, guava and apples, the effect will be the same because of the presence of antioxidants in their skins,” she adds. Mealtime consumption of wine is considered most effective for reaping its health benefits.

Here are some ways in which red wine has been shown to aid the human body:

Benefits of red wine
The strong presence of antioxidants helps in killing cancerous cells, and therefore protects from various forms of cancer

It helps in fighting Alzheimer’s disease, that is characterised by language breakdown, irritation and aggression, confused state of mind, constant mood swings, long-term memory loss, etc

Red wine also helps in reducing other forms of dementia and degenerative disorders

It cuts down the risk of cataract (double vision, blurring and worsening of eye sight, decreased night vision, impaired vision, etc)

It reduces the risk of heart strokes and coronary heart diseases

The constituents inthe grape’s skin work as anti-aging agents in men and women alike

Antioxidants in red wine help improve lung health

Regular consumption of the drink keeps blood pressure in check

Daily intake also helps in strengthening bone structure in women and helps in improving muscle functions in women above the age of 30.