REVEALED: A beer a day is good for your heart
BEER drinkers rejoice! New research has revealed that enjoying a pint of beer a day could help reduce your risk of suffering a stroke or developing cardiovascular disease.
The study, conducted by researchers at the Pennsylvania State University in the United States, analysed 80,000 people over six years and revealed that the body's natural decline in high-density lipoprotein (HDL) - or 'good cholesterol' - is slowed by low-to-moderate intake of alcohol.
HDL helps remove 'bad cholesterol' - low-density lipoprotein (LDL) - from arteries.
Blood vessels with a build-up of LDL can increase the risk of cardiovascular problems and stroke, but more HDL in the body can prevent large amounts of LDL accumulating.
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The study's results showed that 1 to 2 daily units of beer for men, and up to one for women was associated with a slower decline in HDL compared to drinking too heavily or not drinking at all.
While the results applied to both beer and spirits, the effects were more prominent for moderate beer drinkers.
People who drank spirits only experienced the benefits when their consumption was in very light amounts (less than one serving a day for men, and less than 0.4 servings a day for women), while there were not enough wine drinkers surveyed to draw sufficient conclusions on the effect it had on good cholesterol.