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A Beer A Day Keeps The Doctor Away: Study Shows Beer Drinking Is Good For the Heart

May 12, 2016 06:35 AM EDT
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Trinidad and Tobago and England soccer fans react during a big screen viewing of the England v Trinidad and Tobago World Cup match at the Three Sisters pub in 2006, in Edinburgh, Scotland.
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Here's some good news for beer lovers out there: a new study revealed that beer or two can reduce the risks of heart disease.

Scientists from the Meditteranean Neurological Institute in Italy said drinking a moderate amount of beer can be good for the heart, reducing the risk of heart attacks by up to 25 percent.

The study, published in the journal Nutrition, Metabolism and Cardiovascular Disease, was based on a review of more than 150 studies. It revealed that drinking up to two 1.4 pints of beer a day for men, and half of that for women, could be good for the heart, as per The Telegraph

"Epidemiological studies suggest that moderate consumption of either beer or wine may confer greater cardiovascular protection than spirits," said the scientists in their abstract.

The study also showed that consuming these amounts every day is not associated to developing cancer or other diseases.

However, Dr. Annie Britton of the University College London told The Independent that there is a need to interpret this paper "with caution," adding that the studies which serve as its basis may be flawed.

"The cardioprotective benefit that is attributed to alcohol, including beer, may be over-estimated," she said.

Several studies have claimed that beer and beer drinking is good for health and living. Huffington Post listed some of these benefits, which even include soaking in beer for better skin and putting the beverage in hair for a good hair day.

CNN also previously reported that beer is good for the health, as it has a high level of antioxidants (similar to wine) and high levels of Vitamin B and protein.

In all of these, moderation is necessary. If you just got to have a glass of beer with your food or merry-making, make sure you are well in your limit and not overdoing it.

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