Hypertension Reduction – Red Wine vs Acai Berry

red wineIt’s a fact that the French nation enjoys better cardiovascular health than many other nations in the developed world – despite their fondness of culinary treats that may not deserve the label of ‘health food’.

Known as the  ‘French Paradox’, it’s been explained by their habit of drinking good red wine everyday with their main meal. Having visited and spent time with a family in France in the past I can personally vouch that it’s true.

It’s the resveratrol in red wine that keeps your blood pressure down and your heart healthy. Resveratrol is a a powerful antioxidant that keeps your arteries healthy and working as they were intended. Additionally, resveratrol provides a number of benefits including:

  • protects your arteries against oxygen free radicals
  • helps prevent atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries)
  • prevents your platelets from clumping together (reduces risk of blood clotting)
  • inhibits angiotensin II (which can increase blood pressure if your body produces too much)
  • improves the function of blood pressure lining

All in all, resveratrol has shown to help keep your heart and circulatory system healthy and your blood pressure down where it should be.

Resveratrol comes from the skin of red grapes but getting it via red wine is better because the alcohol in wine extracts and dissolves the resveratrol making it easier for your body to absorb. In short, you’d have to eat a basket full of grapes to get the same benefits of a glass or two of good red wine.

But what if you don’t like red wine or react badly to it? (Some people get headaches from drinking red wine.) The good news that there are other ways to get the benefits of resveratrol including buying resveratrol extracts.

acai berryBut what has really taken the spotlight lately as the new superfood is Acai berries. Pronounced ah-sigh-ee, these berries harvested from the Amazon have been featured on US news channels, BBC, and the celebrity circuit (Oprah Winfrey and co.). They have been promoted as the new super-supplement to assist in weight loss and to retard the aging process.

What’s the big deal with acai berries? They are chock full of resveratrol. The French must be feeling so smug!

According to reports, one dose of Acai berry contains up to 30 times the amount in reveratrol as a glass of wine.

Super Antioxidant – The Acai Berry

The Acai Berry has shown to be a super antioxidant that can be absorbed well by the human body. This is, perhaps, why research has shown that this little berry does so much for the human body. It can do everything from fight against excess weight and bad toxins to fight the aging process. Yes, it has been around for quite some time, but not until recent years has research been done that proves the health benefits of this super food.-What are the benefits?

First of all, don’t get really excited before you finish reading this and run to your local produce department to pick up some fresh Acai Berries. They only grow in the Amazon Rainforest and they are very perishable. This is why they are usually freeze dried and turned into powders and into other forms that make it easier for you to use the Acai Berry in certain foods, drinks, and even as a topping.

So with that said the benefits are:

• The antioxidants are so rich that they make you rapidly lose unwanted weight.

• Because the antioxidants help get rid of toxins in the body, you’ll feel more energetic. Ridding your body of toxins also has a lot to do with why the Acai Berry can help you lose weight.

• Evidence has shown that the Acai Berry and reduce cholesterol and blood pressure.

How to get these benefits

The best way to get these benefits is through a 100% pure supplement. In other words, you can get Acai Berry in capsules. Pure Acai Berry is one of those capsules because it has 1500mg of pure Acai Berry within it. The Acai Berry is untouched, but refined to where it fits into a portable capsule form. It is 100% organic and is certified pure.

So if you want the benefits of Acai Berry, the Super Antioxidant, capsule form is a great way to go. You can get a healthy dose of Acai in just a second.

In short, Acai Berry:

  • lowers your blood pressure
  • reduces your cholesterol levels
  • helps you lose weight
  • makes you feel younger and full of energy
  • slows the aging process

To good to be true? I’m a naturally skeptical person … but considering the company is offering a 100% refund if you’re not satisfied it must do what it says or they wouldn’t be in business very long.

If you are suffering a combination of being overweight and high blood pressure, a few months of taking Acai Berry could be a very sound choice.

On a purely cost base analysis, Acai berry is a lot cheaper way to get the benefits of resveratrol than red wine. But drinking red wine is more pleasurable. 😉

The Acai Berry website I got all this info from is www.PureAcaiBerry.com

You can order it online from Amazon: Acai Berry Products

Definitely something to consider if you suffer from high blood pressure.

Hypertension solutions – red wine & resveratrol

red wineIt has been documented that the French nation enjoy better health all around and lower rates of high blood pressure and coronary disease than most other nations. This is partly due to diet and their habit of drinking red wine on a daily basis.

Red wine contains an antioxidant called resveratrol. Like other antioxidants resveratrol helps prevent hardening of the arteries and your blood platelets from clumping together.

Blood platelets are those things that enables your blood to clot – which is important if you cut yourself. But clots forming inside your circulatory system is not healthy and is the prime cause of strokes.

In other words red wine helps keep your blood system in good health and your blood pressure down.

In case you wondered, resveratrol isn’t just found in red wine. It comes from the skin of the grapes. You can get resveratrol simply from drinking grape juice but resveratrol isn’t water soluble. The alcohol in in wine extracts the resveratrol more efficiently and assists the absorption of it into your body.

So have a glass or two every day! Get the darker red wine for maximum resveratrol content. Say a merlot, cabernet, zinfandel, shiraz, or pinot noir.

I have to admit that before learning of the beneficial qualities of red wine I was not a big drinker of wine. Now I buy a bottle or two a week and have learned a few lessons on buying wine.

First, don’t be fooled by price alone. Expensive wine is not necessarily the best wine and cheap red wine is not necessarily the worst. On the contrary, some of the cheaper red wines seem to have the most pleasant taste.

On a  TV program this spring wine tasting experts had to taste and rank various popular red wines on the market – blind (they weren’t allowed to see what brand of wine they were tasting). They all agreed on the best tasting wine. And it turned out to be one of the cheapest! So much for price as an indication of quality!

To get a great tasting red wine I would suggest you experiment with various types. Make a list of what you drink – the good, bad and ugly – so you know what to pick and what to avoid.

If red wine really isn’t “your cup of tea”, you can get resveratrol supplements. They have become very popular lately in the USA as part of an anti-aging and weight-loss system being highlighted on TV shows like Oprah.

There’s also some evidence that just the alcohol in alcoholic drinks is beneficial for the heart and blood pressure – in moderate amounts of course 😉

See also our post on alcohol and blood pressure for the details: alcohol and high blood pressure