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How Can a Wine and Cheese Party Lower Your Blood Pressure?

A wine and cheese party can be a fun way to relax and make new friends. It's also a great way to lower your blood pressure. Cheese and wine parties are great for large get-togethers. Make it lots of fun by having every guest bring a bottle of wine and an exotic cheese. It's a fantastic way to try new wines and cheeses . and a perfect conversation starter.

A cheese and wine party is also the perfect way to relax . both yourself and your arteries. Wine is good for lowering blood pressure . and so is cheese. A Glass of Red Wine Red wine contains a protective antioxidant -- the flavonol called resveratrol.

This powerful antioxidant protects your arteries against the damage done by free radicals . and helps prevent hardening of your arteries. The flavonoid in red wine also keeps your blood platelets from clumping together . stopping this first step in the formation of deadly blood clots. A glass of red wine keeps your blood flowing smoothly through your arteries. Even more important for your blood pressure . recent studies have shown that drinking red wine improves the function of your artery linings. When the linings of your arteries are working well . they freely dilate and bring down your blood pressure. A glass or two of red wine a day .

this is the perfect amount to keep your heart and arteries young -- and keep your blood pressure normal. The darker the red wine . the better. Dark red wines are higher in the protective resveratrol flavonoid. Forget about white wines . they pale by comparison. A Wedge of Cheese Although cheese has lots of saturated fat and can raise cholesterol levels . a little cheese is good for you. Like red wine, cheese is good for you if eaten in moderation. During the cheese making process, while the milk is fermenting .

peptides are released from the milk proteins. These peptides help control your blood pressure . by inhibiting the enzymes that convert angiotensin. When the protein angiotensin is converted into angiotensin II. Angiotensin II is a peptide that constricts your arteries and increases the retention of water and sodium. This whole process really pumps up your blood pressure. The other peptides -- found in fermented milk products like cheese -- put a stop to this reaction that ups the blood pressure. Eating a small wedge of cheese blocks the enzyme that creates angiotensin II, keeps your arteries relaxed, and keeps your blood pressure down. Relax With a Glass of Shiraz and a Slice of Gruyere After a hard day at the office . when tension has got your blood pressure creeping up .

enjoy some nice cheeses with a glass of red wine. Relax . relax your arteries . bring your blood pressure back down to normal. Your heart will love you for it.


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