I’m an Irish girl (the red hair and freckles usually give me away!) and, being that St. Patrick’s Day is upon us, I couldn’t resist investigating whether or not throwing back a wee bit of Guinness is a good thing.
The company’s old advertising slogan "Guinness is Good for You,” while not born out of any health improvement anecdotes, actually does ring true - believe it or not!
The experts from the University of Wisconsin gave the beverage to dogs (hmmm . . . wonder who thought that idea up?) who had narrowed arteries. They found the Guinness worked to reduce clotting. And clotting, if you weren’t aware, is very important to those at risk for a heart attack. If a clot lodges in a hardened artery then an attack will occur.
At a meeting of the American Heart Association the researchers noted that the "antioxidant compounds" found in the Guinness were likely behind the benefits. Apparently, they hinder the deposit of damaging cholesterol on artery walls.
Of course, like anything, moderation is an important concept to keep in mind and such a study is no reason to booze it up – lest you want to indulge in an unfortunate round of Irish yoga:
Happy St. Patrick’s and May the Luck of the Irish be with you!
Images courtesy of flickr photos: Joan Thewlis; faeryboots; greyloch; UpNorth Memories – Donald (Don) Harrison