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Is beer good for your brain?

If you're planning to have a few beers this weekend, you'll be pleased to hear this...

By Cat Rodie
A new study from Iceland found that moderate beer consumption may fend of Alzheimer's disease.
Researchers looked at autopsy data from males who were 35 to 70 years old at the time of death. Consumption of alcohol, Aβ aggregation in the brain, and apolipoprotein E (APOE) genotype were assessed. Surviving relatives then answered a questionnaire about their drinking habits.
The results showed that beer consumption could protect against Aβ aggregation in the brain, one of the early signs of Alzheimer's disease. The amount of alcohol consumed was not linked with Aβ aggregation, and neither was spirit or wine consumption.
The researchers have called for more research to investigate the other factors that could be involved.
This study adds weight to the idea that beer could actually be good for you.
Other surprising health benefits of beer include reducing the risk of stroke, heart attack and kidney stones, strengthening your bones and helping to manage blood pressure. On top of this, beer is also considered one of the best natural treatments of dandruff.
Of course this doesn’t mean that we should all start downing beers. The health benefits will go out the window if you drink excessively as the health risks associated with over doing it will cancel out any positives.
Dr Tina Lam from the National Drug Research Institute notes that when it comes to alcohol, moderation is always key.
“Stay within the national drinking guidelines of no more than two standard drinks in a single sitting to reduce risk of long term harms such as cancer, heart conditions and stroke.”
Lam notes that we should not have more than four standard drinks in a single session to reduce short term risks such as accidents and injuries.
So enjoy a couple of beers this weekend, but don’t expect to wake up feeling smarter the following morning.
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