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Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Benefits of Alcohol !!


People around the world live the with misconception that alcohol is very bad for health,but the fact is that, like any other edible substance,it not the content that matters, but the amount. These i talk based on the different studies conducted by proffessionals specialised in this field.

David J. Hanson, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus of Sociology at the State University of New York at Potsdam, is the expert on alcohol, and writes that moderate drinkers tend to have better health and live longer than those who are either abstainers or heavy drinkers. He cites research that shows that moderate drinkers:
  • Have fewer heart attacks and strokes.
  • Have lower incidence of hypertension, peripheral artery disease, Alzheimer’s disease, and the common cold.
  • He also links moderate (sensible!) drinking to a lower risk for a myriad of other conditions, ranging from Parkinson’s disease to “poor physical condition in the elderly."
ACCORDING TO RESEARCHERS, alcohol acts by the following mechanism
  • Improving blood lipids by raising “healthy” HDL cholesterol and lowering “lousy” LDL cholesterol;
  • Decreasing “stickiness” of blood lowering risk for blood clots and increasing the process of “fibrinolysis,” improving the process that dissolve blood clots;
  • Decreasing heart spasm and increasing coronary blood flow;
  • Reducing blood pressure and blood insulin;
  • Increasing estrogen.

BEER contains-nutrient B vitamins, such as B12, folic acid and niacin, as well as antioxidants, such as polyphenols and ferulic acid.
RED WINE HAS- antioxidants such as resveratrol, which researchers say are beneficial in preventing harmful elements in the body from attacking healthy cells. Resveratrol is also found in peanuts, blueberries and cranberries.

AS i told earlier what matters is quntity, wheather its redwine or beer. still there is not a approved does for safe drinking. but having one dring a day or on alternate days is assumed safe.Don’t think you can save all the drinks for the week to drink on Saturday night. That’s a problem! A daily rather than weekly amount is suggested.

It's healthier to drink a small amount daily than to binge (more than 4 drinks for men, more than 3 for women) on weekends or special occasions.
The following people are advised not to take alcohol
  • Women who are pregnant or trying to conceive.
  • People who plan to drive or engage in other activities that require attention or skill.
  • People taking medication, including over-the-counter medications.
  • Recovering alcoholics.
  • People under the age of 21.
FINALLY the above article is not an advice to start drinking, to me it is always safe to stay away from alcohol,so people who do not drink should not start for health reasons. People who drink more than two drinks a day should cut back.

1 comment:

Sarah said...

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