The title says it all: one beer a day can help reduce your risk of heart attack and other cardiovascular problems. That is the conclusion of the study presented by the Pennsylvania State University at the last meeting of the American Heart Association, the world’s largest cardiology referent.
The study in question was based on the analysis of blood samples of 80 thousand adults contrasted with their habits of consumption of alcoholic beverages during each quarter of the last 6 years. These blood samples allowed researchers to measure, among other factors, high-density lipoprotein levels. Indeed, maintaining healthy levels of this lipoprotein (better known as “good cholesterol”) helps prevent clogged arteries, a major cause of stroke and cardiovascular disease.
The results show that people with moderate alcohol consumption, equal to one or two pints per day, maintain a healthy level of “good” cholesterol. This positive effect was more noticeable in the blood samples of regular beer drinkers than in those with a predilection for other alcoholic beverages.
In contrast, no similar effect was observed in abstainers or those who drank a higher dose of alcohol. It is, without a doubt, an argument that supports the conclusion of the benefits of consuming a daily beer. “A reason to raise our arm and toast, although it is probably best to do it only once,” said Shue Huang, lead author of the study.
While this is one of the largest studies in this area, it is not the only one. In fact, in Uvinum we had already talked about the positive effects of moderate consumption of beer on other items: from its stimulating qualities to brain activity and memory, to reducing health problems such as cardiovascular disease, arthritis or ageing the skin.
There is no doubt that this good news will delight all those people who enjoy drinking a cold beer with their friends when leaving work. Here is to them all: Cheers!
Westmalle Tripel is made by Brasserie Des Trappistes Van Westmalle with its origins in Belgium with warm fermenting and presents an alcohol content of 9.5%.
Rochefort 10 is produced by L’Abbaye de Rochefort native of Belgium with warm fermenting and has an alcoholic content of 11%.