Friday, February 26, 2010

Aspirin? Or Red Wine? Which Is Better For The Heart?

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Latest Research Says Red Wine Is More Effective

Mediterranean diet is well-known for its therapeutic properties that overcome both cardiovascular and cancer mortality. Besides olive oil, unrefined cereals, legumes, fruits, vegetables and dairy products, eggs and fish, the inhabitants of Crete, Greece and southern Italy are known to consume red wine in moderate amounts as part of the daily ritual. While each of these ingredients exercise different influences on one's wellbeing, of late the red wine's influence on the heart has come into sharper focus.

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The efficacy of Aspirin has increasingly been coming under the cloud. Aside of a small subgroup of the population (females with positive mutation of the LPA gene), a low-dose aspirin therapy doesn't really work so well to limit the possibility of a heart attack. Approved by the FDA in 1988 as a secondary line of prevention of heart attack, there are more people who are susceptible to gastric bleeding due to aspirin therapy than there are people who do not take aspirin. Further, the presently-recommended dosage of 75 to 81 mg of aspirin is now perceived to be too low to stop your heart from collapsing. The new recommendation is to take 162 mg of this chemical everyday in order to reduce the chances of a cardiac attack by 44%.

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So what is the alternative solution? Enter, red wine. This liquor has a miracle molecule known as "Resveratrol" (chemically called "3,5,4'-trihydroxystilbene"), which is essentially a polyphenol with antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, anti-platelet aggregation and chemotherapeutic properties. Resveratrol has been found to metabolize itself rapidly in the intestine and the liver, whereupon it hits directly the layers of lard to comprehensively engage the LDL (the bad guys) in an anti-oxidant conflict, which conflict decimates the baddies. The chemical thus dissolves the clots formed in the coronary arteries in a most natural manner, bypassing the need for stenting or surgery. Another benefic result is its nudge to the appropriate gland to release adenosine, which is essential to handle arrhythmia.

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A five-ounce glass of aged red wine is said to comprise almost 60 mg of this molecule. Pharmaceutical companies have come out with formulations in the form of tablets that can be popped against the doctor's prescription. However, a research paper here suggests that grape juice and wine score over tablets because there are other constituents present in the natural products that further enhance the bioavailability of the molecule in the body's innards.

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If you or some family member has been undergoing treatment for cardiac illness, look forward to your regular doctor prescribing the recently available resveratrol tablets and / or consumption of red wine.

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[When things go wrong, as they invariably occasionally do, worry, anxiety and stress begin to disturb the body's homoeostasis. The heart automatically begins to beat faster and less rhythmically, the flow of blood to the far reaches of the body becomes uneven, and all this give rise to a host of physiological symptoms. In such times, the solution is not to suppress the symptoms by popping pills. The solution is to, as this article says, Smile. Here is the article: "Smile, Though Your Heart Is Aching".]

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