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Thursday, December 20, 2007

Beer Might Ward Off Alzheimer's Disease

Researchers in Spain believe they have found a connection between beer consumption and a reduced risk of developing Alzheimer's disease.

According to researchers from the University of Alcala the silicon content in beer may help reduce the amount of aluminium absorbed in the blood stream. Research has found that aluminium, a neurotoxin, absorbed in the digestive system is a possible factor in the development of Alzheimer's.

The researchers found that beer did as good a job in fighting the absorbtion of aluminium as a silicic acid supplement with double the amount of silicon as found in beer. The scientists said that moderate beer consumption should be considered as a component in a healthy diet.

1 comment:

Carol D. O'Dell said...

Great news!
As a speaker on Alzheimer's issues, I at least have some good news to share:)

My hubby works for Anheuser-Busch and we kid about how much "free beer" we get. He drinks it, and I cook with it--and we give lots away--so much that our friends call my husband "the beer fairy."

Now I can tell him he can call himself "doc beer" and that he's helping ward off Alzheiimer's!

I'll be sure and pass on the good news when I speak at Alzheimer's support groups and conferences.
~Carol D. O'Dell
author of Mothering Mother: A Daughter's humorous and Heartbreaking Memoir,
available on Amazon and most bookstores