We are made aware each day smoking is extremely harmful to the body and causes an immense amount of health problems. From cardiovascular and respiratory issues to chronic diseases and cancer. According to The American Journal of Medicine, a recent report has shown that smokers who drink red wine before having a cigarette can prevent short-term vascular damage. The antioxidants in red wine help protect against cardiovascular diseases and hinder the negative effects of smoking on blood vessels, for the time being.
Due to the microparticles that are released into the bloodstream from smoking, which indicate that blood vessels are being damaged. However, results showed that if red wine was consumed before smoking, cellular changed were not present. Smoking also causes harmful effects on our telomerase activity. Telomeres are caps at the end of each strand of our DNA that protect our chromosomes. “Investigators determined that the group that smoked without drinking red wine showed a 56% decrease in telomerase activity while the drinking group showed only a 20% decrease.”
Although this was a study done on occasional smokers, it shows the extremities of the harmful effects of smoking but implements a protective plan to reduce vascular damage.
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