Move over, vino! Beer’s good for your ticker, too
Wine often takes center stage during heart-health discussions. But don’t shortchange beer’s health benefits. A 32-year-long Scandinavian study of 1,400 middle-aged women reported that those with moderate consumption of beer (one to two drinks per day) had a reduced risk of heart attack. (Moderate intake was key, though, as participants with a high consumption also had an increased risk of death from cancer).
Beer may protect against rheumatoid arthritis
Alcohol, including beer, has anti-inflammatory properties, which is likely why it is linked with such positive implications for heart health, as well as other diseases triggered by inflammation. A study published in Arthritis & Rheumatology, which included 1.9 million participants from the Nurses’ Health Study (NHS), found that women who drank two to four times per week had a 31 percent decreased risk of rheumatoid arthritis compared to their fellow teetotalers.