Good news: a beer a day could keep the doctor away
Having a pint at your local pub everyday could assist the ‘good cholesterol’ in your body according to a recent report.
With Christmas parties underway and guilt to see old friends seeping in, more are indulging in alcoholic beverages but Pennsylvania State University suggest we turn to our British brew.
The six-year study which involved 80,000 healthy adults in China revealed that a natural decline in high-density lipoprotein (HDL), or “good” cholesterol in the body was slowed by a moderate intake of alcohol. HDL in fact removes bad cholesterol (LDL) from the arteries. In short, LDL can increase the risk of strokes and heart failure, but HDL can prevent it.
While the survey included both beer and spirits, the effect was most visible for beer drinkers. However, the UK government advises that neither sex should drink more than 14 units of alcohol per week. This is the equivalent of six pints of beer.
Leading experts maintain that excessive drinking can result in weight gain, disturbed sleep, liver damage and chances of developing cancer so do not consider this a free pass. The scientists behind the study claim that making dietary and lifestyle changes is a lot more effective and will save packing on the pounds too, even if it is Christmas.
Words by: Scarlett Clark