Friday 13 May 2016

Drinking A Beer A Day Will Help Fight Off Heart Attack

On a sunny day, there is nothing as delicious as a cool, crisp beer.
And drinking a pint a day is good for the heart, a study has found.
While binge drinking is known to harm our health, moderate consumption reduces the risk of heart and blood vessel diseases by a quarter, researchers discovered.
The team, from the IRCCS Mediterranean Neurological Institute, Pozzilli, said the alcohol and other chemicals in the drink reduce the risk of heart disease, stroke and artery disease.

They reviewed 150 studies and concluded drinking 1.4 pints or two 330ml cans protects the heart without increasing the odds of dementia or cancers, the Times reports.
One of the authors, Dr Simona Costanzo, of the IRCCS Mediterranean Neurological Institute, said it is important to note that the study found only moderate drinking has health benefits.
Excessive drinking – such as binging on a lot of alcohol at the weekend - is known to harm the body, she insisted.

She told Italian health website ItaliaSalute: ‘Instead a moderate and regular consumption of beer, placed in the context of a healthy diet, with a healthy lifestyle also involving physical activity, appears to have no detrimental effects, and indeed demonstrated its ability to decrease the risk of cardiovascular disease.'
The study comes after a slew of research suggests moderate drinking - of wine as well as beer - does more good than harm and can be part of a heart-healthy lifestyle.
Beer is known to contain high level of antioxidants - compounds which mop up harmful chemicals thought to cause heart attacks.

It also contains minerals including phosphorus, iodine, magnesium and potassium - and is low in sugar, high levels of which have been linked to type 2 diabetes and obesity - which are risk factors for heart disease.
Previous research from the University of Scranton, in Pennsylvania, found dark ales and stouts can reduce the incidence of atherosclerosis
This is where artery walls become furred-up with cholesterol and other fatty substances - raising the risk of heart disease, heart attacks and stroke.
The scientists, led by Professor Joe Vinson, believe the risk of atherosclerosis could be cut by as much as half through drinking ale.
Another study found beer could even slow neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer's or Parkinson's.
Chinese scientists found an ingredient in hops, called xanthohumol or Xn, could help protect brain cells from oxidative damage associated with dementia.
The research, published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, suggested that people who regularly drink beer might be better able to ward off the progression of these diseases.
The new study was published in the journal Nutrition, Metabolism and Cardiovascular Diseases.

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