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Nonalcoholic beer helps heart health

WIESBADEN, Germany, May 20 (UPI) -- German researchers have found that alcohol's protective effects may be due not only to its ethanol content, but also its nonalcoholic constituents.

Researchers at Deutsche Klinik fuer Diagnostik found moderate drinking may lower the risk for coronary heart disease through alteration of an individual's cholesterol profile. However, the researchers also found that nonalcoholic beer might harbor cardiovascular benefits without contributing the negative effects of alcohol, because it also inhibits blood thickening.

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"Some research suggests that the positive effects of alcoholic beverages on cardiovascular disorders is not due to alcohol alone but also, at least in part, to other so-called confounding factors such as resveratrol, a compound present in red wine," said Steffen Bassus, first author of the study.

In a study of the effects of consuming regular beer, nonalcoholic beer, or alcohol mixed with water, the researchers found all three fluids reduced blood coagulation just as well.

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