Men can reap the heart benefits of wine -- if they drink the non-alcoholic version.
Spanish researchers led by Gemma Chiva-Blanch of the University of Barcelona found that non-alcoholic red wine reduced blood pressure in men at high risk for heart disease better than standard red wine or gin, according to the study published in the American Heart Association Journal Circulation Research.
Although there have been many studies on the impact of moderate drinking on health, the findings have been mixed, with some studies showing a benefit and others suggesting none.
They found no significant effect from red wine or gin -- but when the men drank non-alcoholic wine their risk for heart disease dropped fourteen percent. The risk for stroke went down twenty percent.
The researcher believe the polyphenols present in wine provide the heart health boost.