Dr. Henk Hendriks
Why moderate beer consumption is beneficial for cardiovascular health
Moderate beer (alcohol) consumption has been associated with a lower risk for cardiovascular disease in many epidemiological studies worldwide. This beneficial association is not only observed for the most common cardiovascular disease: heart attacks but also for other cardiovascular diseases like stroke, peripheral artery disease and dementia. Other studies indicate that a lowered risk by moderate alcohol consumption is additive to the beneficial effects of other healthy life style factors like non-smoking, physical activity and a healthy diet.
The causes for such a beneficial relation have been investigated in intervention studies, which have lead into the identification of the main contributing processes. The main processes that are beneficially affected are lipid (cholesterol) metabolism, blood clotting and glucose metabolism. The studies combined provide strong evidence for a cardio protective effect of moderate beer (alcohol) consumption.
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28/10/2011 > Press releasePress release from the Federation of European Nutrition Societies: Moderate consumption of beer could be beneficial to cardiovascular and bone health
26/10/2011 > NewsShort video of 6th Beer and Health Symposium now available
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