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Alcohol is good for the heart, study shows

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Alcohol is good for the heart
Alcohol is good for the heart

There have been numerous studies that have shown that drinking alcohol is good for the heart. A recent report released by Time magazine, though, has shed more light on these findings,  providing, even more, evidence about the benefits of having a glass or two each day.

According to the report, there have been studies that showed that people who drink moderately have actually had fewer heart events, and are less likely to die of heart disease. Studies have allegedly shown that a pint of beer a day, for example, can slow down the decline of high-density lipoprotein (HDL) which is otherwise known as the good cholesterol.

So is alcohol good for the heart?

Based on reports, it could be, if simply taken in moderation.

“Alcohol can both be tonic and toxin,” shared Time. “In the latest study presented at the American Heart Association meeting in New Orleans, researchers pinpoint one way that alcohol can benefit the heart — by keeping good cholesterol levels high.”

Another doctor, Nitin Shori, has also shared his findings regarding the consumption of alcohol and its correlation with heart disease.

“While inconclusive, this study appears to suggest that there may be some health benefits of drinking small amounts of alcohol when it comes to reducing the risk of stroke or cardiovascular disease,” shared Dr. Shori. “More research is needed before any firm conclusions can be drawn.”

But with the American Heart Association’s study, it seems that this research has already led doctors to the conclusion that alcohol is good for the heart.

Their study, which involved 80,000 healthy Chinese adults who were given questions about their drinking habits and lifestyle. They were also asked to submit blood samples four times during the six-year study to measure their HDL and any possible liver ailments.

“Those who reported drinking moderate amounts of alcohol — about one serving a day for women and two for men — had the lowest drop in HDL levels,” claimed the results. “With age, good cholesterol levels tend to decline, but these people seemed to slow that decline with their drinking.”

So should we all go out to have a bottle or two now? According to the experts, just one would be enough.

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