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    wine to lower blood pressure?

    I read somewhere that red wine might help lower blood pressure. Anyone tried this? I don't want to make annoying dietary changes, I don't like taking medication, and I can't really exercise - but I definitely like wine, so it's a win-win if it works.

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    Wishful thinking .. I find the opposite when I imbibe.
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    My wife and I have been drinking a bottle of Red wine daily for over 20 years. No problems with our health or blood pressure. I would say have a few glasses and enjoy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lynnifer View Post
    Wishful thinking .. I find the opposite when I imbibe.
    So do I. Most physicians will tell you to limit alcohol consumption if you have high blood pressure - no more than two 5-oz glasses of red wine per day for men (one for women), with two consecutive alcohol-free days per week. Drinking more than that can cause big rises in BP. It's not so much that red wine lowers BP, as that small amounts probably won't increase it - an idea that marketers can manipulate into a recommendation.
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    A small amount might lower your blood pressure a teeny bit but more is not better. Read this from the Mayo clinic: http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-c...e/art-20046974
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    Quote Originally Posted by SCIfor55yrs. View Post
    A small amount might lower your blood pressure a teeny bit but more is not better. Read this from the Mayo clinic: http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-c...e/art-20046974
    That's kind of what my doctor said, but most of those things are annoying or difficult. It's tough for me to exercise, it's annoying to lose weight, and I don't like eating or not eating the things they say. I don't see why they always tell you to eat more things that don't taste good, like kale, and eat less things that do taste good, like pizza and chocolate and pasta and steak. Why should taste have anything to do with health? I would expect healthy things to be evenly divided between good-tasting and bad-tasting, but with doctors, it's like, everything that tastes good is bad for you and conversely. That's why I like the red wine theory: it tastes good and at least one web page on the internet claimed it was healthy at one point.

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    You don't have to eat kale.

    There are plenty of healthy foods that taste good.

    You are just used to a different diet, and every change requires time to adjust.

    Drinking more alcohol, unfortunately, is not the answer...

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    Don't know about blood pressure but other health benefits include general heart and arterial health. Also the ancient greeks considered it anti-bacterial. #CHEERS

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    The French claim it's good for your heart, all I know is that it helps keep you sane!

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    Wine has been associated with a number of health benefits when drunk in moderation. (2glasses per day for men, 1 for women) And it is antibacterial. And chocolate is associated with some health benefits. It is sugar that is a problem. As for healthy stuff not tasting good, I think preparation is the often problem. For example, I hate cooked collard greens. But collardslaw made with raw greens is just as good as coleslaw made with cabbage.
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