By Jennifer Leighfield •
Published: 02 Jun 2021 • 10:44
Have a pint for your health
Drinking beer or red wine in moderation can be good for your health.
Having a beer is a bit of a guilty pleasure and can help you to wind down after a long day.
Don’t feel guilty about it anymore, in moderation, beer can be part of a healthy diet.
It can contribute to your daily intake of nutrients as it contains protein and B vitamins, as well as antioxidants, fibre and prebiotics which can help with the good bacteria in the gut.
A study in the European Association for the Study of Diabetes concluded that it can help lower the risk of diabetes, as well as contributing to preventing osteoporosis by strengthening bones.
There is also research to suggest that it can help to prevent cardiovascular disease and boost brain power as well as making it less likely to develop Alzheimer’s and dementia in those who consume moderate amounts.
Researchers have long been studying the possible health benefits of red wine, and most agree that moderate consumption is good for you.
Even in Medieval times, monks believed that they would live longer thanks to their regular wine drinking, and this may just have been true, as science indicates that it has benefits for cardiovascular health.
Spain is one of the best places to test the theory, as there is a wide variety of local wines available at all different prices to suit your budget, which can be enjoyed in moderation as the perfect way to complement the amazing food.
The health benefits of red wine may come from its antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and fat-regulating effects. Antioxidants reduce oxidative stress which is linked to many diseases, including cancer and heart disease.
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Jennifer Leighfield, born in Salisbury, UK; resident in Malaga, Spain since 1989. Degree in Translation and Interpreting in Spanish, French and English from Malaga University (2005), specialising in Crime, Forensic Medicine and Genetics.
Published translations include three books by Richard Handscombe. Worked with Euro Weekly News since November 2006. Well-travelled throughout Spain and the rest of the world, fan of Harry Potter and most things ‘geek’.
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