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Champagne could reduce cardiovascular disease

Two glasses of Champagne a day could help maintain a healthy heart and reduce the need for heart surgery, according to a recent study.

Consumed in moderate amounts, the sparkling French wine has been found to increase the availability of nitric oxide.

Nitric oxide is naturally present in the blood stream as a molecule which controls blood pressure.

The research from the University of Reading found that plant chemicals in Champagne slow down the removal of the nitric oxide, allowing it more time to balance blood pressure.

Dr Jeremy Spencer from the university's department of food and nutritional sciences noted that Champagne affected blood vessels "in a similar way to that observed with red wine".

"The fact that drinking Champagne has the potential to reduce the risks of suffering from cardiovascular diseases such as heart disease and stroke is very exciting news" said Dr Spencer.

Cardiovascular disease affects one in three people in the UK but the risks can be easily reduced through lifestyle choices.

Exercise and a balanced diet with a focus on fruit, vegetables and essential fatty acids, such as omega-3, are key to avoiding heart attacks and strokes.

 

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