Beer Just as Beneficial as Red Wine, Research Shows
Beer drinkers can hoist a cold one to celebrate the news that their beverage of choice offers the same benefits as red wine, the alcohol long celebrated for its antioxidant properties.
Researchers at The University of Western Ontario have found one drink of beer or wine provides equivalent increases in plasma antioxidant activity, which helps prevent the oxidization of blood plasma by toxic free radicals that trigger many aging diseases, such as cancer, diabetes, heart disease and cataracts.
Whiskey May Have Anti-Cancer Benefit
Drinking whisky can help protect you against cancer, a conference of international scientists have heard. Researchers have long hailed the anti-cancer properties of red wine due to its antioxidant content.
Delegates at the EuroMedLab 2005 conference in Glasgow have now been told that whisky contains significantly higher levels of a powerful antioxidant that kills cancer cells.
Dr. Jim Swan, an independent consultant to the worldwide drinks industry, discussed the art and science of whisky distilling, as well as its possible health benefits.
“There has been much inthe news about the health benefits of antioxidants in red wine.
“By contrast, very little has been said about malt whisky distillery science.
“However, research has shown that there are even greater health benefits to people who drink single malt whiskies. Why? Single malt whiskies have more ellagic acid than red wine.”
Dr. Swan said that ellagic acid is a highly effective ‘free radical scavenger’ that actually ‘absorbs’ or ‘eats up’ rogue cells that occur in the body during eating.
‘The free radicals can break down the DNA structure of our existing cells, which then leads to the risk of the body making replacement rogue cancer cells.
“So, whether you indulge in the odd tipple, or you are a serious connoisseur, whisky can protect you from cancer and science proves it,” he said.
But Dr. Lesley Walker, director of cancer information at Cancer Research UK, said: “On the contrary, there is considerable data documenting the link between drinking excess alcohol and the increased risk of a number of cancers, particularly in smokers.”
10 Health Benefits of Drinking Beer
- Up to two beers a day for men (women should only have one), will help to reduce your risk of having strokes, and heart disease. Light drinking appears to reduce the risk by as much as 20% according to research in United States.
- Beer can help to increase the level of HDL (beneficial cholesterol) in the body and decrease the likelihood of blood clots.
- A couple of beers can raise the level of anti-oxidants in the blood stream. This enables the cells to carry more oxygen around the body. More oxygen helps better muscle activity among other things.
- Beer contains vitamin B6 which is needed to make haemoglobin, the red coloring in blood. This carries oxygen around the body. It also helps maintain correct blood sugar levels.
- It is fat free, aids restful sleep and promotes relaxation.
- Beer contains vitamins B and B2 (as well as B6) and essential minerals like calcium, potassium, and phosphorus.
- Dark beer is better for you than light. It contains more flavanoids which are natural oxidants that help to protect the body from disease.
- For post menopausal women, beer may be a beneficial addition to the diet. Some hop flavanoids have properties like oestrogen and research suggests that this property may make it possible to produce a natural form of HRT to replace the current one.
- Beer can help to reduce blood pressure and levels of insulin in the blood.
- Beer drinking can also reduce the incidence of kidney stones. This may be due to the water, the hops, or the alcohol, but, whatever the reason, it seems to help.
Drinking Brandy Is Good For Health
Consuming 30 milliliters of brandy per day reportedly has a similar antioxidant potential which a regular dose of vitamin C has, according to researchers belonging to the Monash University. This does not mean that consuming Vitamin C should be given up, but it can continue along with drinking brandy.
Red wine is known to be another source of antioxidant. The arteries are de-sludged by its consumption in addition to it contributing towards preventing strokes and certain types of dementia. The copper from brandy’s distilling process results in the antioxidants being produced, with a better health effect from superior quality brandy. Recent research has revealed that the same health benefits can be derived from whisky also.
The was conducted by Dr Steve Langford, a chemist, and Dr Gordon Troup, a physicist. Brandy-infused fruitcake which is consumed during Christmas also has the same effect. As many as seven types of the liquor were tested with an electron spin resonance spectroscopy for imaging antioxidant chemicals and free radicals, and six of them were found to contain antioxidants. The Alcohol in Moderation Digest has published the results of the research.