|Research from Spain performed on rats shows that polyphenols found naturally in red wine may keep blood vessels healthy in older, hypertensive women. According to a study that was published in the April 2008 issue of the medical journal Hypertension, compounds found in red wine could potentially help ease hypertension in postmenopausal women.|
The study’s authors note that women who have gone through menopause are at greater risk of hypertension than men of the same age underlining the need to identify potential therapeutic measures.
The study was led by Rocío López-Sepúlveda, a researcher at the department of pharmacology at the University of Granada, who noted in the study text that previous research has found that red-wine polyphenols can offer protection against cardiovascular disease. Wine Spectator first broke the story and subscribers to Hypertension can read the original piece on its website.
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