A beer a day may help keep heart attacks away. In preliminary clinical studies of a group of men with coronary artery disease, Israeli researchers showed that drinking one beer (12 ounces) a day for a month produced changes in blood chemistry that are associated with a reduced risk of heart attack.
The study adds to growing evidence that moderate alcohol consumption may reduce the risk of heart disease, the number one killer in the United States. The findings are scheduled to appear in the Jan. 29 print edition of the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, a peer-reviewed publication of the American Chemical Society.
Heart-healthy changes observed in the blood of the test participants following beer-drinking include decreased cholesterol levels, increased antioxidants and reduced levels of fibrinogen, a clot-producing protein.