Beer shown to improve heart health
Beer shown to improve heart health: study
Researchers from Harokopio University in Athens found that drinking a little less than a pint of beer improved blood flow and increased the flexibility of important arteries around the heart.
BY VICTORIA TAYLOR / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Drinking beer might actually do your heart some good.
Sipping about a pint of beer was found to improve blood flow and heart function in a group of already healthy men, according to a new study.
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Researchers at Harokopio University in Athens measured the cardiovascular health of 17 non-smoking men in their late twenties and early thirties about an hour or two after they polished off 400 milliliters of beer. That is the equivalent of a little more than two-thirds of a British pint (568 mL) or more than four-fifths of an American pint (473 mL).
They then ran the same tests on two more occasions: once after the participants drank 400 mL of alcohol-free beer and once after a measure of vodka was consumed.
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The scientists found that aortic stiffness was reduced after each instance, meaning arteries became more flexible. However, endothelial function, which measures how easily blood passes through major arteries, was only significantly improved after the men drank beer.
Alcohol and antioxidants in beer are to thank for these health benefits, researchers said. They also concluded that the connection should be further investigated.
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