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Non-alcoholic red wine may lower blood pressure

September 12, 2012

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November 8, 2012

Informative posting! I think this posting would be effective for all. Thank you for sharing with us.

November 7, 2012

My doctor said I am a ‘pre-diabetic’ What does that mean?

P.J. Skerrett
November 9, 2012

Prediabetes means your blood sugar levels are higher than normal, but not so high that you can be classified as diabetic. It’s an early warning sign. Take action now, and you can avoid diabetes. The American Diabetes Association has some good information about prediabetes here:

October 22, 2012

I am 61, have BP of 110/72, HDL 62, LDL 97 and blood glucose of 78. I can only think that my regimen of daily masturbation and a pack of Hostess Twinkies is the culprit.

john sallie
September 25, 2012

I am 51 now but feel like 35 and get a crisp clean bill of health in every check-up from my dr. If you open a capsule and put it in (even as much as a gallon) of water, it “converts it” visibly into red wine (but no alcohol!) I am thrilled about this report

September 19, 2012

Gathering all the information you can is extremely important with all health issues. High blood pressure is not to be taken lightly, it can lead to many health issues if left untreated.

September 17, 2012

I was not aware of such non-alcoholic red wines are available. Could anyone please suggest some good names which we can buy? I will share details with others as well. good article.

P.J. Skerrett
September 19, 2012

I can’t suggest names or brands, but this Google search should give you some ideas:


Ralph Cottiers
October 25, 2012

I just purchased online some non alcohol red wine from a company called Ariel. I would recommend it.

September 17, 2012

Thank you for your writing. Many people who loved and became a habit to drink red wine. But that needs attention is how to regulate the intensity and reasonable amount to drink red wine. Besides whether red wine can help in the diet?

dr arthur bloom
September 14, 2012

I cannot understand why any sensible Harvard man would drink something called “non-alcoholic” red wine – how about a taste of a good scotch before dinner and 1 glass of chianti classico or St Emilion with dinner, followed by a good night’s sleep? take the modest amount of alcohol out of wine and ya have grape juice!

September 14, 2012

I love your post. And I agree, and that’s all great. I love my two glasses of (Spanish) red wine in the evening, and it IS great for a good night of sleep too. Unfortunately, however, more would be better. But not MORE alcohol, but MORE anthocyanins and polyphenols, including resveratrol. That’s why I have resorted to res-juventa and it has been very good for me during the past 10 years. Please also see my other posts on this subject.

September 14, 2012

Um, wouldn’t grape juice have the same benefit. Since wine is made from grape juice, wouldn’t grape juice be the smarter, cheaper alternative than a $3 bottle of non-alcoholic wine? The antioxidants are in the grapes. Suggesting non-alcoholic wine is still pandering to commercial interests. How about just buying a bunch of grapes at the store?

September 16, 2012

The beneficial substances are in the skin of the grapes, and are removed with the skin when grapes are pressed for juice. In red wine, the skin is included in the fermentation process, and is remove when the process is finished. That makes a difference. But eating red grapes should have the same effect as drinking non-alcoholic red wine.

October 1, 2012

The only problem with grape juice rather than non-alcoholic red wine might be that the grape juice could possibly contain a higher calorie count.

September 13, 2012

I am 52, blood pressure at levels of 110-120 and 70-80, low cholesterol levels and great skin complexion. I can not say for sure what it all is (but it is certainly not hereditary in my case!), I have a couple of healthy habits, but I can not help believing that res-juventa is the main “culprit” for my great shape and feeling like 35.

September 13, 2012

This confirms that I am doing the right thing by having taken for the past 10 years a dietary supplement from Spain which is made entirely of the Spanish blue grape’s pulp, seeds, skin and stems. It’s called res-juventa and every capsule is basically Spanish red wine without the alcohol. I am 51 now but feel like 35 and get a crisp clean bill of health in every check-up from my dr. If you open a capsule and put it in (even as much as a gallon) of water, it “converts it” visibly into red wine (but no alcohol!) I am thrilled about this report

Lynn Anderson
September 13, 2012

You can buy non-alcholic wine in most grocery stores that sell wine. There are several different brands.

September 13, 2012

Ariel and Sutter make non-alcoholic red wine. Maybe grape juice would have the same affect??

September 13, 2012

Most of the polyphenols of the grape are located on the skin and specially on the seeds. A grape juice contains less than 7% of pulp, skins and seeds. A must contains between 7 to 23% of them. A wine contains it all. So all of them have polyphenols, but wine have a much higher content. Consecuently when you de-alcoholize it, the polyphenolic content remains.
That is why there is res-juventa. 100% from Spanish Blue grape vitis vinifera (pulp, skin, seeds and even stems). Has worked well for me for 10+ years. Every capsule (I take 2 a day) contains the equivalent in polyphenols (including resveratrol) and anthocyanins of 1 – 1.5 bottles of Spanish red wine.

September 13, 2012

Good question! Where are they sold? I have never heard about it!

September 13, 2012

hi, see my reply to Gayle!

pithaya achalabun
September 13, 2012

what is nonalcoholic red wine and where can I BUY IT ?
Thank you.

September 13, 2012

Non-alcoholoc red wine is red wine where the alcohol has been removed. Maybe you don’t find it in US, but it’s common i Europe.

September 13, 2012

Hi, see my reply to Gyle

Kelly Croftan
September 13, 2012

It is very good news and a great research. Non-alcoholic red wine decreases blood pressure and many other heart problems, its really good to hear. People should know about this and they need to have for maintaining good health.

September 13, 2012

yes, and you can get all the benefits (but on higher levels) of Spanish red wine with zero percent of alcohol through res-juventa. It has worked great for me for the past 10+ years. And all this time people thought I was kind of eccentric about this. Now, finally this is getting to become common knowledge and I appear “normal” again. But I had a head start of 10 years 🙂

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