Experts have revealed that drinking beer in moderation prevents heart diseases.
The amazing revelation of the health benefits derivable from drinking beer were highlighted at the First Nigerian Beer & Health Symposium which came up recently in Lagos.
Experts in human nutrition, medical sciences, food technology, and health and fitness related professionals proved with empirical research findings that beer contains folate which they said helps to reduce the risk of heart diseases.
The experts include Prof. Tola Atinmo, a professor of Human Nutrition in the College of Medicine at Nigeria’s premier university, the University of Ibadan, Dr. Kathryn O’ Sullivan from UK, and Dr. Olu Malomo, Acting Head of Department of Food Technology of Bells University, Ota, Ogun State.
In his presentation titled, Beer as Part of a Healthy Lifestyle Prof. Atinmo stated that moderate intake of beer help prevent deadly diseases like, diabetes, kidney failure, cardiovascular ailments, give strong bones, among other health benefits.
The experts explained with empirical evidence from recent research findings, how moderate beer consumption can help reduce blood clots as the beverage is rich in anti-clotting effects, which keeps blood vessels clear and healthy.
The human heart has been described as the most important pump in the world.
Your heart is a pump that keeps blood moving around your body. It delivers oxygen and nutrients to all parts of you, and carries away unwanted carbon dioxide and waste products.
When your heart the arteries around your heart or your other blood vessels are damaged, this pumping system doesn’t work properly. Such problems are collectively known as cardiovascular disease and lead to the death of hundreds of thousands people every year.
Long-term excessive drinking increases your risk of developing problems with your heart. Drinking beer in moderation is not only unlikely to do you any harm, researches have shown that moderate beer consumption is like to help protect people around 45 years and above against heart diseases.
According to the medical experts at the symposium, there are different types of heart diseases. Coronary heart disease is the most common type of heart disease and can lead to sudden death from a heart attack. It is caused by the gradual build-up of fatty deposits on the walls of the arteries in your heart (the coronary arteries) on which blood clots may form. These deposits cause the artery to narrow, and make it harder for it to supply your heart muscle with the oxygen and nutrients which it needs to function normally.
Heart attacks are the most common result of coronary heart disease. Someone has a heart attack when their coronary arteries become blocked. This stops blood supply to the heart’s muscles meaning it can’t get the oxygen it needs. Starved of oxygen, the heart can’t pump properly, and in severe cases it may effectively stop beating altogether which can kill you.
Damage to the heart muscle can lead to heart failure – when your heart can no longer pump blood around your body normally. This leads to symptoms such as swelling of the ankles and shortness of breath which affect you for the rest of your life and often become progressively worse. Although there are drugs that can help limit the impact of heart failure, there isn’t a cure at the moment.
According to Prof. Tola Atinmo, “Light to moderate consumption of alcoholic beverages is associated with significant reduction in all-cause and particularly cardiovascular mortality.”
Among other things, the eminent professor of human nutrition added that researches have shown that people who consumed beer moderately every day scored significantly better than non-drinkers on global cognitive function, including such things as concentration, memory, abstract reasoning, and language. Researchers have linked beer drinking with increased bone density, although earlier studies suggest the high silicon content of beer may be responsible for the effect even as science has also proved that moderate beer consumption is also capable of lowering the risk of diabetes in beer drinkers.