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Q: Does a peg of any alcohol a day reduce LDL and increase HDL?

A:Drinking alcohol in moderation may protect one against heart attack. Although this is not an encouragement for people to start drinking because alcohol consumption in the long run is bad for health, studies show that one alcoholic drink in 1 or 2 days might reduce the risk of a heart attack. Alcohol has also been attributed of its ability to increase the amount of good cholesterol (HDL) into the bloodstream as well as help to decrease blood clots. The benefits of beer:
A researcher reported that those who consume moderate amounts of beer (one to two a day at the most) have a 30-40% lower rate of coronary heart disease compared to those who do not drink. Beer contains a similar amount of µ polyphenols (antioxidants) as red wine and 4-5 times as many polyphenols as white wine. Beer also contains vitamin B6, which prevents the build-up of amino acid called homocysteine that has been linked to heart disease. - Beer is nutritious if consumed in moderation - Beer has a relaxing effect on the body thereby reducing stress.

- It can help you sleep better
- It helps prevent heart disease and improves the blood circulation
- It has proven to have positive effects on elderly people. It helps to promote blood vessel dilation, sleep, and urination. A glass of red wine per day is in fact good for the heart but is in no way related to the colour and texture of your skin. Alcoholic concentration in beer ranges from 4-8%. There are a lot of conflicting reports in literature on the benefits and risks of low alcohol products like beer and wine. Beer has approximately 235-470 calories per 650 ml bottle. So this should also be kept in mind to avoid the so-called 'beer belly'. No form of alcohol in excess is good for health. Consumption of alcohol should always be kept under strict vigil to avoid liver problems in the future. Beer is no exception.

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