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Study Finds A Beer A Day Is Good For Your Heart

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Study Finds A Beer A Day Is Good For Your Heart

For some years now I have been drinking two stubbies of beer a day because I read of a study which had shown that bad cholesterol was taken away

by this drinking and the good stuff helped.

I found an article just recently which has used a big sample of people to come to the same conclusion - about it helping your health anyway.

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Produced by Nick Hines / @nickolaushines
Updated on 2016-11-14

Drink a pint or two of beer a day, your heart will thank you for it.

A study featuring 80,000 people by researchers at Pennsylvania State University found that moderate alcohol consumption — especially beer — helped your body maintain good cholesterol. The study found that two drinks a day for men, and one drink a day for women, makes high-density lipoproteins naturally decline slower than with teetotalers and binge drinkers. Time to consider a post-workout pint alongside your post-workout kale smoothie.

Beer was the big winner in this study. Wine has had plenty of moments in the world of health studies —  like making your brain Alzheimer’s resistant and helping you out in bed, to name a few — but the Penn State study didn’t gather enough data on wine consumption to make a wine-related claim. It did find, however, that liquor helps good cholesterol last a little longer too, just not as well as beer.

The research was recently presented at an American Heart Association Scientific Sessions 2016 meeting. Yes, that’s the same organization that the little Honey Nut Cheerio bee talks about. But don’t expect your next 30 rack to have the same American Heart Association logo you see on Cheerios boxes anytime soon. The study only included Chinese adults, and the researchers stated that more tests are needed on other populations before health claims could be for all humans around the world.

Yet you might not want to wait for those studies before including a shower beer in your vitamin schedule. Mariano “Pops” Rotelli swore by a shot of whiskey a day, and he just celebrated his 107 birthday. Then there’s Mildred Bowers, who suggested that part of the reason she lived past 103 is that she drank beer. Even if further studies don’t support the same heart benefits as the Penn State study found, can’t we all use a beer or two a day anyway?

Published: November 14, 2016

Another article which has the same conclusion follows.

Just ONE pint of beer boosts heart health

Cheers to that! Just ONE pint of beer boosts heart health by improving blood flow and make arteries more flexible

  • Drinking two-thirds of a pint improved blood vessels within 3 hours
  • Same effect was not observed in non-alcoholic beer however
  • Findings support the growing body of evidence that moderate beer consumption may protect against heart disease
  • The average Briton drinks 130 pints of beer per person a year

By Pat Hagan for MailOnline

Published: 01:41 AEST, 4 July 2013 | Updated: 08:19 AEST, 4 July 2013

Drinking a pint of beer a day could improve the health of your heart, research shows.

Scientists found blood flow to the heart improved within a couple of hours of polishing off two-thirds of a pint - and that the effect was more powerful than drinking a non-alcoholic equivalent.

Arteries became more flexible and blood flow improved within a couple of hours of drinking the equivalent of two-thirds of a pint.

But alcohol-free beer did not have the same powerful effect, the study found.

The findings, by researchers in Greece, support previous evidence that moderate beer consumption may protect against heart disease.

Some evidence suggests a pint a day may reduce the risk of heart attacks and strokes by up to 30 per cent.

But this is believed to be one of the first studies to look at what actually happens to the cardiovascular system immediately after a pint is downed.

Britain guzzles its way through 130 pints of beer per person a year.

Scientists at Harokopio University in Athens recruited 17 non-smoking men aged in their late twenties and early thirties.

Each one had their cardiovascular health measured within an hour or two of drinking 400ml of beer - equivalent to just over two-thirds of a pint.

They later they had the same tests done after drinking the same amount of alcohol-free beer or a measure of vodka.

Researchers tested for endothelial function - a measure of how easily blood passes through major arteries - as well as aortic stiffness, a check designed to assess whether blood vessels are nice and relaxed or beginning to harden.

The results, published online in the journal Nutrition, showed all three drinks had some beneficial effect on the stiffness of arteries but beer had the greatest benefit.

In a report on their findings the researchers said: ‘Endothelial function was significantly improved only after beer consumption.’

They said the combination of alcohol and antioxidants in beer may be crucial to the drink’s healthy effects.

Darker beers, like stouts and ales, have been shown to be better for the heart than lager.

Heart disease is Britain’s biggest killer. Around 270,000 people a year suffer a heart attack and nearly one in three die before they reach hospital.

Fatty diets, lack of exercise and smoking are all key risk factors.

Although excess alcohol consumption is thought to increase the dangers of heart disease, moderate intake of beer and wine has been shown to have a protective effect.

And the following may be the original article I read.

Moderate drinking helps keep arteries clean: study

André Picard

Published September 15, 2000 Updated April 5, 2018

Moderate consumption of alcohol can stop, and maybe even reduce, the buildup of fat in arteries that is the leading cause of heart disease, according to a new study.

Researchers have long known that drinkers have markedly lower rates of heart disease, even when their diets are laden with fatty foods, a phenomenon dubbed the French paradox. The French tend to eat a high-cholesterol diet, but heart disease is far less prominent in France than in North America; this difference has been attributed to wine.

In today's edition of the medical journal Alcohol: Clinical and Experimental Research, a team of pathologists at the University of Illinois at Chicago is reporting that alcohol itself has protective properties.

Specifically, Dr. Eugene Emeson and his colleagues believe that alcohol may influence the body's production of cytokines, prompting an immune response that lessens the risk of arteries clogging. (Cytokines are hormone-like proteins that are referred to as the messengers of the immune system.)

"I think that alcohol may alter the balance of cytokines, which may tip the balance in favour of protection against atherosclerosis," Dr. Emeson said. "We may one day find there is a way of accomplishing this without using alcohol." That could lead to medications that can treat or prevent the accumulation of fatty streak lesions that clog arteries.

Coronary heart disease is the single biggest killer in the country, claiming at least 79,100 Canadians last year, according to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada. The principal cause of heart disease is blocked coronary arteries -- the tiny vessels that nourish the heart's own muscle cells. Blockage can choke the blood supply to areas of the heart, resulting in tissue death, also known as a heart attack.

In their research, the University of Illinois team found that, in test animals, moderate amounts of alcohol in their diet reduced atherosclerotic lesions in the aorta and halted their progression if they had already formed.

"This helps explain the folklore that has been around for years that a shot or two of whiskey may be good for you," Dr. Emeson said. He was careful to say, however, that he is not advocating that everyone drink alcohol.

In an accompanying article in the journal, Dr. Sam Zakhari, director of research at the U.S. National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, said the study should be interpreted cautiously.

Because coronary heart disease is uncommon in men before the age of 35 and in women before the age of 50, younger people derive no benefit from drinking.

Furthermore, people taking medications -- in particular the elderly -- risk complications from interaction with alcohol that could more than offset any theoretical benefit.

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