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Beer: Packed Full of Anti-Oxidants

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Posted on Oct 10, 2002, 2 a.m. By Bill Freeman

Beer is officially good for you: in moderation. New laboratory and animal based studies have confirmed that beer, especially dark beer, contains large amounts of disease-fighting antioxidants. Dr. Joe Vinson, from the University of Scranton, Pennsylvania, discovered that beer prevented the oxidation of low-density lipoprotein (LDL) and very-low-density lipoprotein (VLDL), the two types of so-called bad cholesterol.

Beer is officially good for you: in moderation. New laboratory and animal based studies have confirmed that beer, especially dark beer, contains large amounts of disease-fighting antioxidants. Dr. Joe Vinson, from the University of Scranton, Pennsylvania, discovered that beer prevented the oxidation of low-density lipoprotein (LDL) and very-low-density lipoprotein (VLDL), the two types of so-called bad cholesterol. The oxidation of bad cholesterol is believed to be an important factor in the development of atherosclerosis. Furthermore, when cholesterol fed hamsters were given the equivalent of two-beers a day, the incidence of atherosclerosis was halved. A second study discovered that people who drink one alcoholic beverage per day reduce their risk of developing cataracts by half.

SOURCE/REFERENCE: Reported by www.yahoo.com on the 22nd December 2000

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