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Take Good Care of Your Heart… Drink Red Wine Moderately

 Obesity may pose health problems, particularly with the heart and metabolism. The World Health Organization (WHO) reported that 1.6 billion adults are overweight, and at least 400 million people are obese. In five years' time, the WHO estimated these numbers to increase to 2.3 billion overweight adults and more than 700 million obese adults.

 Two separate investigations in Germany and Israel showed promising results on how red wine could benefit overweight people and their heart.

 Researchers in Germany said that the health effects of red wine are found in the skin of red grapes, called resveratrol, which could be beneficial against Alzheimer's disease, certain forms of cancer, type 2 diabetes and heart diseases. They found that resveratrol prevented the fat cells' ability to function. They also found that the chemical enhanced glucose uptake into human fat cells, thus preventing its conversion to fat.

 On the other hand, researchers in Israel observed that study participants who consumed 250 mL (8.5 ounces) of red wine every day for three consecutive weeks had improved integrity of blood vessels, thereby improving blood flow to the heart, although the mechanism of how this happens still remains to be studied.

 This information is intended for educational and informational purposes only. It should not be used in place of an individual consultation or examination or replace the advice of your healthcare professional and should not be relied upon to determine diagnosis or course of treatment.

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