Let’s raise our glasses in a toast to your health. Sound familiar, doesn’t it? And what about raising glasses of champagne in a toast to our healthy hearts? Somewhat less familiar, isn’t it? However, it is as romantic as it is true to life. If you have raised glasses of champagne or wine in a toast, you are about to do a good thing to your heart and vessels.
How does our heart benefit from champagne?
Research data obtained by a team of scientists, sounds hope-inspiring and somewhat extraordinary. It turns out that champagne and red wine can exert a healthy influence on our cardiovascular system. Particularly, a glass or two of champagne or wine every can keep your heart and vessels ticking for a bit longer. Most important, this is not only about posh wines, but some cheaper ones as well.
Dr Jeremy Spenser et. al. of Reading University says that champagne contains substances, which slow down the aging process in blood vessels and keep them elastic for longer periods of time. He stated that regular intake of wine and champagne in moderate quantities can prevent cardiac problems and reduces the likelihood of strokes.
These substances are known as polyphenols (flavonoids and phenolic acids). They are contained in grape varieties, which are used in production of red wine and champagne.
Blood vessels are exposed to so-called oxidative injury. It occurs due to accumulation of hydrogen peroxide, superoxide, etc., which obliterate blood vessels’ walls. They impair vessels’ elasticity and create a basis for various cardiac disorders, which are potentially disabling or fatal: ischemic cardiac disorder, myocardial infarction, etc. Also, they affect capillaries and have a neuronal impact. The resulting damage – oxidative injury – inflicted upon the vessels of the brain, impairs cerebral blood flow and can contribute to serious conditions, such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s disease, dementias, etc.
Polyphenols are powerful antioxidants, and they are highly instrumental in protecting blood vessels (and therefore heart, brain, and other vital organs) from damage. Also, polyphenols can maintain an optimal concentration of nitric oxide in blood. Nitric oxide helps vessels to dilate and thus improves blood supply to the body’s systems and organs. Polyphenols slow down the removal of nitric oxide from blood and prevent it from depositing on blood vessels’ walls. These factors maintain healthy blood pressure levels and thus reduce the risk of cardiac and cerebral disorders.
Data provided by the research pretty much paves the way for champagne and red wine as must-have ingredients of our daily menu. There is evidence that they can be good for both preventing and treating cardiovascular disorders. However, such treatment will be effective only if a disease is diagnosed at an early stage.
Please, do not let the euphoria induced by what you have just read take over you. This article describes some curative properties of champagne and red wine. Just like any medicine, these beverages must be dosed properly. None of the benefits described herein shall be construed as a pretext for taking champagne/wine in amounts exceeding the one-or-two glass dose. They do not cancel the harm of alcohol abuse!