A case for beer

Czech study finds moderate consumption slows aging, good for heart

Feb 9, 2006 - A new study from Czech doctors indicates that moderate beer consumption slows aging and reduces the likelihood of heart attacks.


The study was paid for by a group of major Czech breweries. A Czech beer was used for the study, but the brewers requested doctors not disclose the name.

Jaroslav Racek, head of a research team in Pilsen, told the daily Plzensky denik the doctors found the men's levels of dangerous blood lipids were lower by the end of the study.

He said the amount of beneficial cholesterol in the men's blood was increased, the beer improved their organism's antioxidant protection and reduced the amount of free radicals that can damage cells and are believed to accelerate the progression of cancer, cardiovascular disease, and age-related diseases.

A negative consequence of even moderate beer consumption was that the men gained weight - which can be moderated with exercise.

"The study is not supposed to promote beer which remains an addictive drug. It should encourage Czechs to drink beer moderately rather than inordinately, otherwise they will face health problems," said Racek.

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