Nice to know that what you like is good for you

Posted by: oenophore

Nice to know that what you like is good for you - 08/19/10 04:14 PM

Beer Good for the Bones

Some beer contains high amounts of silicon, a nutrient that helps strengthen bones, research finds.

By Emily Sohn
Sun Feb 7, 2010 11:24 PM ET

As wine gets showered with publicity for its heart-fortifying, health-boosting effects, beer has maintained a reputation as a dietary wasteland, full of empty calories. But beer, according to growing research, has some powerful nutritional properties, too.

In one of the latest studies, scientists found that some varieties of beer contain large amounts of silicon, a nutrient that helps strengthen bones. Although the study didn't specifically test the health effects of a cold frothy pint, the findings suggest that moderate beer drinking might help reduce the risk of osteoporosis and other diseases.

"The wine guys have stolen the moral high ground," said Charles Bamforth, a biochemist and professor of food science at the University of California, Davis. "The reality is there's now growing consensus around the world that the active ingredient in alcoholic beverages that counters atherosclerosis is alcohol. It doesn't matter if it's wine or beer."
Posted by: oenophore

Re: Nice to know that what you like is good for you - 08/30/10 10:44 PM

Make mine a large one! Moderate drinkers live longer than teetotalers, finds study

By Daily Mail Reporter
Last updated at 5:10 PM on 30th August 2010

Good news for those who like a drink or two in the evening - you are far more likely to live longer than those who don't drink at all.

Researchers from the University of Texas, Austin, found the health benefits of drinking among older adults are intrinsically linked to moderation.

Drinking can actually be good for your health, researchers said... as long as you keep it to one or two

The study, due to appear in the journal, Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research, looked at data from 1,824 adults between the ages of 55 and 65. They were all former of current drinkers over the past 20 years.
They discovered that the heavy drinkers had a 42 per cent higher risk of dying in a 20 year follow up compared to moderate drinkers. Amazingly teetotalers had a 49 per cent higher mortality risk.
The scientists said this was because many of those who abstained from alcohol in the study sample were former problem drinkers. They were also more likely than moderate drinkers to have health problems due to lack of exercise and smoking.
Despite the health benefits of moderate drinking, study leader Charles Holahan emphasised the need for common sense. One or two drinks a day may be beneficial for some, but drinking a lot more can be dangerous, he said.
'Older persons drinking alcohol should remember that consuming more than two drinks a day exceeds recommended alcohol consumption guidelines.
'It is also associated with increased falls, a higher risk of alcohol use problems and potential adverse interactions with medications.'
Posted by: oenophore

Re: Nice to know that what you like is good for you - 08/31/11 09:49 PM

Scientists announce amazing findings: chocolate offers huge protection from heart disease and stroke
Tuesday, August 30, 2011 by: S. L. Baker, features writer

(NaturalNews) All regular readers of NaturalNews know that researchers have discovered chocolate (especially the organic, not junked up with additives and sugar type) contains phytochemicals which appear to promote good health. But no one has had much of a clue about the specifics of some of those benefits on the cardiovascular system -- until now. Scientists at the European Society of Cardiology Congress currently underway in Paris just announced that chocolate provides huge protection from heart disease as well as stroke.

That's great news because, despite the billions of dollars spent on mainstream medicine's drugs and surgical interventions, the battle against cardiovascular disease obviously needs some serious help. Currently, the World Health Organization (WHO) predicts that by 2030 nearly 23.6 million people will die yearly from heart disease.

So just imagine the fluttering of hearts in Big Pharma offices if they found a no side effect, easy to produce drug that actually worked to lower the risk of developing heart disease in the first place by almost 40 percent. The demand and profits to be made would be enormous. While there is no such medication, it turns out that eating chocolate regularly appears to accomplish what pills can't.

For a new study, which was just published in the online version of the British Medical Journal, Dr. Oscar Franco and colleagues from the University of Cambridge carried out a large scale investigation of existing research on chocolate. In all, they looked at research involving over 100,000 participants with and without existing heart disease. Then the scientists evaluated the effects of eating chocolate on cardiovascular events including heart attacks and stroke.

For each of seven studies that were analyzed, the research team compared the group with the highest chocolate consumption against the group with the lowest consumption (to minimize bias, they factored in differences in the way each study had been designed). Bottom line: the highest levels of chocolate consumption were associated with an astounding 37 percent reduction in cardiovascular disease and an almost 30 percent reduction in stroke compared with lowest levels of chocolate eating.

The studies did not differentiate between dark or milk chocolate and included consumption of chocolate bars, drinks, biscuits and desserts -- which raises an obvious question not answered by the new research analysis. Would the cardiovascular protection be even more pronounced if the chocolate didn't include extra sugars, unhealthy fats or chemical additives found in many chocolate drinks and candy bars?

The authors of the study did warn their findings need to be interpreted cautiously because commercially available chocolate products are often loaded with calories, so eating too much of these can lead to weight gain and be harmful to health in general. However, in a statement to the media, they concluded that given the health benefits of eating chocolate, "initiatives to reduce the current fat and sugar content in most chocolate products should be explored."
Posted by: Mim

Re: Nice to know that what you like is good for you - 09/01/11 02:06 PM

Lucky me! I drink my red wine with dark chocolate! smile
Posted by: chip

Re: Nice to know that what you like is good for you - 09/01/11 07:25 PM

I feel better already. Thanks, Oeno, you are the man!
Posted by: oenophore

Re: Nice to know that what you like is good for you - 09/01/11 10:09 PM

Chip:You must be a tough cookie, Mim.

Mim:Lucky me! I drink my red wine with dark chocolate!

There ya go! cool
Posted by: oenophore

And yet more about benefits of chocolate - 03/19/14 08:09 PM

Los Angeles Times - Wed Mar 19 09:45:00 UTC 2014

For years, chocolate lovers have remained blissfully unaware of the precise reason bittersweet dark chocolate seems to improve cardiovascular health. At least until, now that is. On Tuesday, researchers at meeting of the American Chemical Society (ACS) in Dallas said they had solved the confection conundrum: Specific chocolate-loving microbes in the gut convert an otherwise indigestible portion of the candy into anti-inflammatory compounds, they said
Posted by: chip

Re: And yet more about benefits of chocolate - 03/20/14 01:32 PM

Bring it on!
Posted by: oenophore

Re: And yet more about benefits of chocolate - 03/21/14 09:26 AM

On a personal note, my chocolate is the 90% cocoa bar. High sugar chocolate products may compromise one's health in the long run.