The occasional drink can help prevent strokes, according toÃ‚Â a new study from Brigham and Women's Hospital.
The study tracked 83,578 women over 26 years and found that those who consumed a moderate amount of alcohol had a lower risk of stroke. Say what?!?
It turns out, moderate alcohol consumption can prevent blood clots and cholesterol from building up in the arteries. Strokes can be caused by a number of blood pressure illnesses. If you fall and scrape your knee, your body will form blood clots so you won't continue to bleed long after the fall. However, dangerous blood clots occur around your heart which will block arteries. Arteries supply blood to your brain, and when they become clogged with fatty deposits and cholesterol, blood clots will form in the vessel walls, causing a stroke. High blood pressure (hypertension) is a main concern in stroke incidents because of hemorrhaging, or when bleeding occurs within the brain vessel itself.
But make sure your alcohol consumption is actually moderate. Overdo it and you could actually increase your risk of stroke. Researchers suggest having one drink per day. And no, one fish bowl doesn't count as one drink. One drink equals a four-ounce glass of wine, a 12-ounce can of beer, or 1 to 1 Ã‚Â½Ã‚Â ounces of 100- or 80-proof spirits, respectively.
Also, make sure your drink of choice isn't a fat-bomb like a sugary margarita.
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