Red wine prevents the damage of smoking (but in moderation)

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According to a new study, a glass of red wine before smoking a cigarette helps reduce damage to the venous walls.

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Red wine to counteract the harm of smoking: it's the latest discovery from Germany, where a group of researchers found that drinking a glass of red wine before smoking a cigarette helps reduce damage to the venous walls.





This is supported by a study conducted by the German University of Saarland, according to which moderate consumption of red wine is associated with fewer cardiovascular events. Thanks to the phenols contained in the wine, which would help protect the arteries from the harmful effects of smoking.

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Red wine before lighting a cigarette the new lifestyle to follow? Absolutely no. I study it is not an invitation to drink and smoke, but, rather, a sort of "tip" for those who are "occasional smoker".

OUR OFFICE Researchers examined the effects of smoking on various biochemical processes in the blood and blood vessels of 20 healthy non-smokers who agreed to smoke three cigarettes. Half of the participants drank red wine one hour before smoking, resulting in a total blood vessel alcohol content of 0,75%. Then blood and urine samples were collected before and after the participants drank or smoked and it was found that the "smoking smokers" did not have harmful cell changes caused by smoking.

There had not been, that is, the release of microparticles into the blood which generally indicates damage to the vessels.

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Conclusions that are not meant to be an invitation to unhealthy behaviors such as smoking. "This study identifies suitable mechanisms for the exploration of damage and protection of blood vessels in humans, paving the way for future clinical trials," says study coordinator Viktoria Schwarz.

The aim of the research, in short, was to verify the acute effects of the consumption of red wine before a cigarette for those who smoke occasionally in healthy people.



And, the scholars say, since the study focused on young people and habitual non-smokers, it is not known whether these same effects also occur in those who smoke habitually and on those who are older in age.

Smoking and drinking a go go? Not even for a dream and no excuse, we remain firm on our principles and the idea is fixed on one point: to live long and healthy you must quit smoking as soon as possible, minimize alcohol consumption, eat healthy and varied and do lots of physical activity.



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