Tuesday, 6 October 2015

Beer is heart healthy (in moderation)

Move over, vino, there’s a new heart-healthy beverage grabbing a stool at the bar. The stats are in and—drum roll, please — beer is just as good for your heart as red wine, according to an analysis of 18 studies on alcohol consumption.

“After dissecting the effects of alcohol in wine and beer, the two beverages appeared to be quite comparable,” explains Giovanni de Gaetano, M.D., Ph.D., and director of Laboratory di Ricerca where the study was conducted.
Beer in moderation
illustration by Marty Downs (thanks)

The researchers’ calculations found that if you drink moderately—a little more than a pint of beer or up to two glasses of wine a day—you’re 30 percent less likely than nondrinkers to suffer from cardiovascular events like strokes, heart attacks and heart disease. Credit beer’s alcohol, polyphenols (antioxidants) and other non-alcoholic substances.

 And while wine and beer have different genetics, and different polyphenols, their similarity is the alcohol, which researchers think could be the main player, according to a press release on the study.
There’s no room for keg races here, though. The research demonstrated that overdrinking — four or more glasses of wine or beer — brings you out of that protective cardiovascular window and puts your heart at risk.


1. did i tell you? I've made a variation on my barley wine using cranberry juice and blueberry juice (not in the same brew!).

They have both turned out very well. Especially the blueberry - it seems to have fermented quicker, and is rather dry (which suits me).

i went looking for blueberry juice because it is supposed to be good for eyesight (all dark berries are). I couldn't find blueberries, not even frozen, at an affordable price (I haven't tried the local SprawlMart yet), so I bought the juice and make the wine :)

2. There's good articles on the increase in vitamin content, and improved amino acid/protein balance in grain and seeds that are sprouted. Could brewing beer without kilning the germinating grains achieve this?

This is how beer started out. The accidental contact between wild yeasts and germinating barley seeds.

My next experiment?

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