Beer drinkers, raise your glasses – research published in the Scandinavian Journal of Public Health Care indicates your favourite tipple has some unexpected health benefits.
The study, involving 1500 women who were monitored over a 50-year period, showed those who drank beer once or twice a week were 30 per cent less likely to suffer a heart attack than their teetotal – as well as heavy drinking – peers.
A cool brew also contains calcium, magnesium, selenium and about three per cent of your daily recommended intake of vitamin B12. But, like all good things, the key is moderation. Over-indulging is associated with liver damage, memory loss and the dreaded bloated ‘beer belly’.
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