Drinkers who have been steering clear of their favourite frothy
beverage in order to cash in on the health benefits
of red wine might want to rethink their decision --
and order a beer.
In a soon-to-be published study, researchers at the University of
Western Ontario have found that beer has the same health
benefits as red wine, "the alcohol long celebrated for its
They found that both beverages provide the same increase in
"plasma antioxidant activity," which helps prevent diseases, explained lead researcher
John Trevithick, a UWO kinesiology and biochemistry professor.
"It is the antioxidants that are causing these positive effects,"
For many years, repeated studies have shown that moderate alcohol
consumption provides significant health benefits, primarily through reducing the risk
of heart disease.
It's also been known to reduce the risks associated with
hypertension, diabetes, stomach ulcers, emphysema, dementia, arthritis, even cataracts.
But the key is moderation.
Trevithick cautioned that while one 341-millilitre beer is OK, drinkers
shouldn't go out and drink until intoxication if they hope
to experience any health benefits.