Moderate Beer Drinking May Be Heart Healthy (NY, Reuters Health, 11/26/02)
In a study of 19 middle-aged adults, Dr. HFJ Hendriks from TNO Nutrition and Food Research in Zeist, the Netherlands, and team, had the women drink 3 glasses of beer with dinner, and the men 4.
For 3 weeks, the participants drank regular beer; then after a week without alcohol, the participants switched to non-alcoholic beer.
The researchers found 35% lower levels of C-Reactive Protein (CRP) after 3 weeks of drinking regular beer as compare with the 3 weeks of drinking alcohol-free beer. Since CRP may signal inflammatory processes that cause artherosclerosis, Dr. Hendriks believes that beer consumed in moderation may have an anti-inflammatory effect that may decrease a person’s risk of developing heart disease.