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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Red Wine Clears Blood

BIRMINGHAM () -- Brazilian researchers say they have found more evidence that red wine can reduce risk of heart disease.

Tests on rabbits showed that both red wine and alcohol-free red wine stopped fats in the blood from clogging up the arteries.

Carlos Vicente Serrano and colleagues at the Instituto de Coracao do Hospital das Clinicas da FMUSP in Sao Paulo took 30 rabbits and gave them a special high-fat diet. One group also got red wine, 10 got alcohol-free red wine and 10 got no extra tipple. After 12 weeks the rabbits were killed and their arteries inspected.

The researchers told the European Congress of Cardiology meeting in Birmingham, England on Monday that the results showed red wine seems to have some sort of "magic ingredient" that protects against heart disease.

"The results showed that animals treated with diet alone had 60 percent of the surface of their aortas covered by atherosclerotic plaques, while in the wine-treated animals only 38 percent of the aorta was covered by plaques," they said in a statement.

Rabbits who got the non-alcoholic red wine came in-between, with about 48 percent of their arteries clogged.