Non-Alcoholic Wine Is Best For Health Benefits

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Wine definitely has health benefits.

Cardiovascular health, lowered blood sugar and healthy weight maintenance are all benefits of polyphenols and antioxidants in red wine, however, research has shown that without the alcohol the benefits are just as effective if not more so.

Although there have been many studies on the impact of moderate drinking on health, the findings have been mixed, with some studies showing a benefit and others suggesting none. The new study found that 3 ounces of gin a day had no impact on blood pressure, while consumption of regular red wine led to a small, but not statistically significant, improvement.
The new study suggests that if you’re going to have a drink, red wine would be the healthiest choice, said Dr. Kelly Anne Spratt, a heart disease prevention specialist and a clinical associate professor of medicine at the University of Pennsylvania.

The Many Wonders Of Tea

Everyday there is something new to love about tea.

With varieties such as, black, green white and oolong, there is a tea for everyone who wants to enjoy the health benefits of this plant.

A study done by UCLA, found that drinking three cups (or more) of either green or black tea a day can reduce your risk of stroke by 21 percent. The health benefits associated with tea come from its high levels of antioxidants such as polyphenols, flavonoids and catechins, which fight free radicals in the body and prevent healthy cells from being harmed. Other studies have found that drinking a couple cups of tea a day may also help lower cholesterol and protect against certain cancers.

The ritual of drinking tea is also a great way to break bad eating habits.

Making time to have tea instead of sweetened beverages or colas can help you to shed pounds as an added bonus.

Popcorn Is Full Of Health Benefits

Air popped popcorn is packed with antioxidants.

Who knew that this treat was actually good for your health?

Now, we’re not talking about butter soaked, salt laden, carmel or chocolate covered confections but rather air popped corn.

Polyphenols have been linked to a reduction in heart disease and certain cancers. And, since it’s 100% whole grain, popcorn is also a great source of fiber — you get 5 grams in a 4-cup portion. That’s pretty darn impressive for a snack food.

Popcorn will never be a replacement for produce, which is brimming with essential nutrients and antioxidants not found in grains. But it’s still a terrific, low-cal munchie. And you do need to steer clear of varieties doused in butter, oil, and/or salt, ingredients that negate the health perks.

Low in calories, at only 30 per cup, this satisfying snack is nutritious and filling.

Experiment with flavors like olive oil, sea salt, pepper and spices to turn up the taste on this healthy snack.

To Your Health! Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day With A Beer

Learning about the health benefits of beer will be good news for those who plan to imbibe while celebrating St. Patrick’s Day.

Beer actually has a number of natural antioxidants and vitamins that can help prevent heart disease and even rebuild muscle. It also has one of the highest energy contents of any food or drink.

Beer is intoxicating and often high in calories.

Moderation is key.

Indulge in Chocolate for your Heart

Some of us need no encouragement to treat ourselves to deep dark rich chocolate.

But for those of us feeling guilty when it comes to treating ourselves worry no more!

Stick to moderate amounts of high quality dark chocolate.

It is rich in antioxidants and flavanols which are good for your cardiovascular system.

Chocolate can indeed be good for your heart.

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