When trying to balance lifestyle choices for optimum health, there would often be conflicting advice for which foods and drinks are best and in what quantities.
A new study shows how a drink that was previously proven to lower blood pressure can actually raise it if you consume just a little bit too much (and with little bit, I mean something most people would consider moderate).
It is true that certain foods and drinks contain healthful benefits that lower blood pressure, but those same foods and drinks can raise it as well.
For instance, coffee has been shown to be beneficial when limited to less than 16 ounces per day. But consume more than that, and the caffeine can spike blood pressure for days after just one exposure.
We also hear a lot about red wine. It is true that red wine is packed with the powerful antioxidant resveratrol, which has been proven many times over to help eliminate free radicals that cause high blood pressure, inflammation, and other problems.
However, drink too much, and you have the opposite effect. Most people understand that binge drinking (getting drunk) is terrible for one’s health and can cause a cascading effect of trouble throughout the body.
However, a study done at the University of Western Australia in Perth recently found that the difference between just enough red wine and too much might be a thinner line that you might have previously thought.
Instead, what they found was that people who drank only 5-7 servings per week, or the equivalent of not more than 1 glass per day, had much lower blood pressure levels than those who drank 14-21 servings per week, or the equivalent of 2 to 3 glasses per day.
There was a noticeable difference in blood pressure readings between people who had one glass compared to 2. This is one of the first studies that clearly draws the line between “just right” and “too much,” defining it right down to the glass.
So, one glass of wine doesn’t hurt (and can even be good), but two is just too much.
Enjoying an occasional glass of wine with dinner isn’t generally going to be enough to lower chronic high blood pressure down to a normal rate, but there is a simple and effective way to do it without drugs.