Why drinking red wine could be good for your health

Drinking a few glasses of red wine a week could help people avoid high blood pressure, a new study has found.

Research by Queen's University in Belfast and Kiel University in Germany discovered a link between lower blood pressure and higher intakes of food rich in flavonoids, including red wine, berries, apples and tea.

According to the study, people had to consume about three glasses of red wine per week to achieve the result of lowered blood pressure, but moderation is key.

Eating 80gs of berries a day was also found to be beneficial.

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About 900 adults from Germany took part in the study which focused on the role of microbes in the gut microbiome in metabolising flavonoids found in certain food and drinks, which in turn helped to decrease blood pressure.

"Our gut microbiome plays a key role in metabolising flavonoids to enhance their cardioprotective effects, and this study provides evidence to suggest these blood pressure-lowering effects are achievable with simple changes to the daily diet," the study's lead investigator Professor Aedin Cassidy said in a statement.

Research has previously found flavonoids can improve heart health, but the discovery they are linked to lowering blood pressure is a new finding.

The results of the study have been published in the American Heart Association journal Hypertension.

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