Have you ever half-jokingly argued the benefits of that afternoon beer with the boys? Sure, it visibly reduces signs and symptoms of stress, but what if there was more to it than that?
Well, boys and girls, Christmas has well and truly come early in light of recent research that suggests beer is actually good for your heart health. So, after years of scrambling to find a valid reason for that sneaky beer, you can now relax and bask in the scientifically-proven fact that you should drink it!
That’s right, in a recent study by the University of Scranton, it was found that traditional beers such as ale and stout can cut the risk of heart disease due to their high-level of antioxidants. These particular antioxidants are compounds which mop up harmful chemicals thought to cause heart attacks.
The scientists from the Pennsylvania University, led by Professor Joe Vinson, believe the risk of atherosclerosis could be cut by as much as half through drinking ale.
Many similar studies have been undertaken in recent years with a reduction in atherosclerosis proving to one of many benefits of the good stuff; a reduction in the risk of cataracts in diabetic patients was another.
Now, despite such great news, we are sure there were limitations and restrictions involved. After all, it was a scientific study and not a night out on the town. BUT as the old saying goes, ‘everything in moderation’.
So if you can moderate yourself, we are guessing beer just got a big fat tick on Dad’s wishlist this Christmas (and we're glad)! Enjoy!