DRINKING alcohol is known to contribute to a number of health risks like heart disease and high blood pressure, but enjoying an occasional beer may have at least one health benefit.
Medical experts suggest drinking beer in moderation may actually provide some benefits that could reportedly lower your risk of dementia and brain decline.
The London Medical Laboratory said they analyzed a decades worth of research that revealed some good news for Father’s Day.
“A moderate consumption of beer may actively improve their health,” said the laboratory’s Chief Science Officer Quinton Fivelman, PhD, in a press release.
Adding that it is “also associated with anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties.”
According to Fivelman, research published in the journal Nutrition, Metabolism and Cardiovascular Diseases revealed some compelling data about the beneficial health effects of moderate beer consumption.
“Perhaps most interestingly, moderate alcohol consumption in healthy adults and in cardiovascular patients protects against ‘total mortality’,” he said.
“In other words, the risk of death from all causes is reduced for moderate drinkers of all alcohol (including beer) compared to abstainers or heavy drinkers.”
The Psychreg article outlined concurring research that supported the findings of Fivelman and his team at the laboratories.
The publication said research has exhibited indications that moderate beer consumption may reduce cardiovascular disease risk.
“Studies suggest that moderate consumption of beer and wine confer greater cardiovascular protection than spirits,” the London Medical Laboratories said in its press release.
According to the experts, several studies have found links between lowered dementia risk and moderate drinking.
One such study from the Age and Ageing journal found that rates of dementia dropped 60 percent in people who imbibed two to three drinks daily.
A total of 3,000 Germans were included in the study, all aged 75 and older.
Another study in Rotterdam found similar results in 8,000 people aged 55 and up.
In the Rotterdam study, both people who drank too much and no alcohol had a higher risk of dementia.
But the researchers at the labs say this isn’t a free ticket to drink without abandon.
The experts all stressed that moderation was a very critical factor in alcohol having any health benefits.
“Every benefit I’ve discussed is counteracted by too much alcohol,” London Medical Laboratories said.
“Long-term heavy drinking can lead to heart disease and increase your cancer risks.”
The experts added that the Alzheimer’s society warns and advises against routinely drinking too much.
Frequently drinking too much alcohol can actually trigger an “alcohol-related dementia”, which is a type of brain damage caused by alcohol, according to the experts.