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Researchers: Mild Beer Consumption Can Benefit Heart Health

July 8, 2013 by  

Researchers: Mild Beer Consumption Can Benefit Heart Health

Beer is good for you.

Researchers at Harokopio University in Athens, Greece, found blood flow to the heart improved within a couple of hours of drinking two-thirds of a pint of beer.

In a small study involving 17 nonsmoking men in their late 20s and early 30s, the researchers backed previous evidence that moderate beer consumption may be good for the heart.

The study subjects had their cardiovascular health measured within an hour or two of drinking a little more than two-thirds of a pint of beer. They later had the same tests done after 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 to check for hardening in the arteries.

All three drinks had some benefit to the stiffness of arteries around the heart and blood flow to the heart, but the arteries were most flexible after drinking beer.

Previous studies have found that darker beers rich in flavonoids, which have powerful antioxidant effects, may be the most beneficial to heart health.

The results of the new study were published online this week in the journal Nutrition.

Sam Rolley

Staff writer Sam Rolley began a career in journalism working for a small town newspaper while seeking a B.A. in English. After learning about many of the biases present in most modern newsrooms, Rolley became determined to find a position in journalism that would allow him to combat the unsavory image that the news industry has gained. He is dedicated to seeking the truth and exposing the lies disseminated by the mainstream media at the behest of their corporate masters, special interest groups and information gatekeepers.

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  • carolchristine

    Shepherd Smith is not a Conservative. He is far from it. I started watching fox news from the beginning. And for maybe 4 years or more I particularly enjoyed watching Shepherd Smith because I could not tell what his political leanings were, And I liked that, When I really saw his bias towards conservatives was when New Orleans was flooded. He was blaming George Bush when the Govenor of Louisiana would at first not allow the federal government to get involved in the emergency .etc.

  • laura merrone

    Beer…yuch! It sure doesn’t taste good. Must be an acquired taste. And I just read another article that said researchers have found more than three a week impairs your mental abilities. Wish these researchers would make up their minds. They sometimes seem to contradict themselves…But to each his own. You like it nobody Is stopping you from drinking it. I just don’t see what the big fuss is all about.

    • independent thinker

      There are conservatively 200 different brands of beer in the US alone. Each and every one tastes different although some differences are very subtle. If you do not like Budwiser try Miller if you do not like Miller try guinness dont like that one try Killians and on and on and on. Chances are good you will find one that suits your taste buds.
      There is no conflict in the research this article is about consuming about one 12 oz beer the other article you mention is about drinking multiple beers at one sitting.

      • laura merrone

        Thanks but no I wouldn’t try any. I don’t like the effects of alcohol on me period. I guess you could call me a “teetotaler”.

  • dan

    Beer is a wonderful thing…I’m for it ! Does the heart good

    and makes me a flexible fellow…

  • JimH

    Beer is also brain food. It made Bud Wiser.
    (sorry, couldn’t help myself)


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