When was the last time you had a wine and cheese party? You don’t need to be an artist to enjoy one; it’s a great way to entertain guests and a good excuse to get together. It’s also a nice way to ward-off high blood pressure.
Cheese & wine parties are excellent for larger get-togethers as well. You can make it lots of fun by having every guest bring a bottle of wine and an exotic cheese. It’s a great way to sample new wines and cheeses … and a perfect way to get to know your friends better with free-flowing wine and conversation.
What better way to kick-back and relax … both you and your arteries. Wine is good for lowering your blood pressure … and so is cheese. But not just any old wine, make it a red one. Read on to find out why.
~ A glass or two of red ~
The flavonol called resveratol is a protective antioxidant. Free radicals are agents that affect chemical reactions in the body; they can cause cell damage resulting in cancer and other problems such as high blood pressure. Resveratol as the protective antioxidant protects your arteries against the damage done by free radicals and also assists in preventing the hardening of your arteries.
Flavonol also benefits you in another important way. The clumping together of blood platelets causes blood clotting and thrombosis – not something you want to have to deal with as both can be deadly serious problems! Flavonol is active in stopping your platelets from bunching up together; a glass of red wine helps your body to prevent these nasty problems by keeping your blood smoothly flowing through your arteries.
And some more good news … recent studies have shown that drinking red wine also helps to improve the operation of your artery linings. When the linings of your arteries are working properly they freely dilate bringing down your blood pressure. The only question is how much of the good red is too much?
Nobody is suggesting you go out and buy a crate of red to be consumed immediately, but a glass or two a day is ideal for most people … this is the perfect consumption to keep your heart and arteries young – and maintain your blood pressure at healthy levels. Which red wine is best? The darker varieties are best as they are higher in the protective resveratrol flavonoid. As far as white wine is concerned, you really shouldn’t bother … it has much less benefit than the mighty red.