Red Wine Essays

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Red Wine

The French Paradox is something many people today are getting quite familiar to. Studies have suggested a close relationship between the moderate consumption of red wine and a healthy heart. This phenomenon goes under the name French Paradox because although the French eat as much saturated fat as Americans, they seem to enjoy better overall cardiovascular health. Even though these studies show that polyphenols, which is in red wine, can help your heart, blood circulation, and many other things, doctors still argue about this, especially American doctors disagree with this outcome.

On September 14, 1998, a team from Papworth Hospital in Cambridge England successfully demonstrated that red wine contains a high proportion of
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His studies have proofed that if you drink a glass of grape juice every day your blood will be much less likely to form those risky clot-forming clumps. Though Folts and others have shown that plain alcohol is somewhat protective, they found that for inhibiting blood clots, wine is much better then pure alcohol. He now suspects that flavonoids, natural pigments found in many plants, are the reason why wine has so enhanced effect. Folts did an experiment with orange, grapefruit and grape juice, and like he had expected, the orange and grapefruit had no affect at all, but the grape fruit showed that the volunteer’s blood was 25 percent less likely to clump than before the treatment began.

Even though all these studies have successfully showed that grapes and red wine can help in preventing a heart disease to develop, another study showed that once the disease has developed, patients should avoid red wine. The research showed that alcohol use was associated with increased blood pressure and increase glucose levels, both mayor risk factors for heart disease.

The American Heart Association (AHA), and especially Dr. Ira J. Goldberg, has fought against the fact that some doctors actually recommend red wine for people in risk of a heart disease. They say that even though many studies have indicated that red wine can help, it is not completely proven, and can vary between people with different diet habits, weight and sizes. To
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