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Red Wine or Blueberries?

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Is red wine really good for the heart? Some recent news has raised doubts. Dr. Alvarez, senior managing health editor of FoxNews.com, recently received this question from a viewer: “I hear conflicting news about the heart-health benefits of wine. What’s the deal?” Alvarez said it’s true – one of the top researchers of the health benefits of red wine was recently fired from the University of Connecticut for allegedly fabricating data, which was later published in many medical journals.

Lincoln Home Care states that the researcher was studying the effects of resveratrol, a powerful antioxidant found in red wine believed to have heart-healthy benefits, such as:

  • reducing bad cholesterol
  • protecting the lining of blood vessels
  • lowering the risk of inflammation and clotting
  • preventing diabetes and obesity, both strong risk factor for heart disease

FoxNews spoke with Dr. Nieca Goldberg, of the Tisch Center for Women’s Health in New York City.  “You don’t have to start drinking to prevent heart disease,” Goldberg said. “Fortunately, we can eat resveratrol. Blueberries and pomegranate have the resveratrol antioxidant. Eat colorful fruits and vegetables, especially purple, red, orange and yellow ones. All antioxidants help to improve the flexibility of blood vessels and reduce the risk of plaque buildup [in blood vessels].”

Scientists have been studying the seniors of Okinawa, Japan to see why they are able to live a longer and more productive life and learn from them. Home Care Assistance has developed a revolutionary and proprietary approach to senior care based on these centenarian studies. The Balanced Care Method™ seeks to capture some of the lifestyle factors that go towards creating such long-lived and healthy people and apply it to our home care services for seniors. Its philosophy can be summed up in two words: moderation and variety.

Components of Balanced Care Training for our caregivers include:

  • Healthy Diet
  • Physical Activity
  • Sharp Minds
  • Social Ties
  • Calmness and Purpose

Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/health/2012/02/19/is-red-wine-really-good-for-heart/?test=chol#ixzz1oNLtxZwM