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6 ways alcohol may protect your heart

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6 ways alcohol may protect your heart
In several studies, moderate alcohol consumption has been associated with a reduced risk for certain cardiovascular diseases. This latest meta-analysis of numerous studies on alcohol and heart-health was published in a 2011 issue of the British Medical Journal.

It suggested that moderate alcohol consumption (defined below) helps to protect against heart disease by:
  • Raising HDL "good" cholesterol
  • Increasing apolipoprotein A1, a protein that has a specific role in lipid (fat) metabolism and is a major component of HDL "good" cholesterol
  • Decreasing fibrinogen, a soluble plasma glycoprotein that is a part of blood clot formation
  • Lowering blood pressure
  • Reducing plaque accumulation in the arteries
  • Decreasing the clumping of platelets and the formation of blood clots

    However, these studies did not show any relationship between moderate alcohol intake and total cholesterol level or LDL "bad" cholesterol. And while some studies associated alcohol intake to increased triglycerides, the most recent analysis of moderate alcohol intake in healthy adults showed no such relationship.

    The Latest Guidelines on Alcohol

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    Heart Friendly Recipe

    Mini Apple Tarts
    Instead of a whole pie, try making bite-size tarts. The diminutive desserts cook quicker and are automatically portion controlled. Plus, they're easier to make for a crowd, and there's no need for a fork and plate.

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    Nutritional Info
    Servings Per Recipe: 12
     Amount Per Serving
     Calories: 124.3
    Total Fat: 4 g
    Cholesterol: 5.2 mg
    Sodium: 59.1 mg
    Total Carbs: 24.9 g
      Dietary Fiber: 1.6 g
    Protein: 0.5 g
    View full nutritional breakdown of Mini Apple Tarts by ingredient

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