Talk Colorado Wine & Colorado's Wine Country: Red Grape Fiber Helps Fight Cholesterol, Lower Blood Pressure

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Red Grape Fiber Helps Fight Cholesterol, Lower Blood Pressure

The medical evidence extolling the benefits of wine just keep on mounting. According to a recent article in Wine Spectator, researchers believe the fiber in red wine grapes can play a significant role in keeping a heart healthy.

Under the headline, "Tempranillo Found to Lower Blood Pressure and Cholesterol," Spectator reporter Jacob Gaffney writes:

"While the antioxidants in red wine are believed to contribute to better cardiovascular health, researchers in Spain say the grapes used to make it contain significant levels of fiber that also assist in strengthening the heart. They have found that the fiber and antioxidants in the Tempranillo grape seem to reduce blood pressure and cholesterol better than other sources of dietary fiber, specifically oats and psyllium.

"The study, which is published in the July/August issue of the journal Nutrition, is a followup to earlier experiments from the same team that found that drinking 300 ml of red wine a day could contribute up to 7 percent of the Spanish daily recommended intake of fiber."

You can read the rest of the article here.

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