Beer is ‘healthier’ than wine

Beer is ‘healthier’ than wine
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First Published: Tue, Mar 18 2008. 12 26 AM IST

Updated: Tue, Mar 18 2008. 12 26 AM IST
Binge drinkers, beware! Guzzling beer is better for the brain while quaffing wine is a worry, a new study has claimed. Researchers at the University of Gottingen in Germany have found that drinking wine damages the brain more than beer or spirits. Wine shrinks the hippocampus, the part of the brain responsible for memory and also one of the first areas to be affected by Alzheimer’s.
“This is the first study investigating the impact of the type of preferred beverage on brain-volume shrinkage in patients with alcohol dependence,” British newspaper ‘Daily Mail´quoted the researchers as saying.
They came to the conclusion after analysing the brain scans of alcoholics with those of healthy adults. They found that the hippocampus, which is located deep within the brain’s temporal lobes, was 10% smaller in wine drinkers. According to the researchers, a shrunken hippocampus can affect the brain’s navigation and spatial awareness, and, as a result, may cause disorientation.
However, the researchers also found that beer drinkers had the lowest levels of a compound in the blood called homocysteine, which is often linked to heart diseases and strokes. The results of the study have been published in the medical journal ‘Alcohol and Alcoholism’.
Tea cuts stroke risk in women
Scientists have come up with yet another evidence of why tea is good for health. Drinking three cups of tea a day can help prevent a heart attack or stroke...unless you’re a man.
A team of researchers in France has carried out a study and found that women who drink three cups of tea daily are less likely to have plaques—dangerous build-up of fat and cholesterol—in their arteries, British newspaper ‘Daily Mail´ reported on Monday. However, the same is not true in the case of men, they say.
The researchers at the Institut National de la Sant Et de la Recherche Medicale in Paris came to the conclusion after examining 2,613 men and 3,984 women, with an average age of 73. They measured the level of plaque in their carotid artery using ultrasound. Carotid plaque was found in 45% of women who did not drink tea, in 42.5% of women who drank one or two cups of tea daily and only in 33.7% of those who drank three or more cups a day. Even women with high blood pressure appeared to gain protection from tea, but men who’re regular tea drinkers did not reap the same health benefits, the researchers found. (PTI)
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