People who were hunting for another good reason to partake of an alcoholic beverage (in moderation, of course) just found one as the results of a 2-decade study have finally been released.
In a study that followed people for more than 20 years, researchers looked at the risk of developing rheumatoid arthritis and what effect, if any, alcohol consumption might have had.
Participants who were born between 1914 and 1948 were questioned in the 80s and 90s regarding their alcohol intake.
Researchers found that people who drank an average of 3 glasses of wine or beer per week were half as likely as their non-drinking counterparts to end up developing rheumatoid arthritis.
Rheumatoid arthritis is a degenerative autoimmune disease affecting the joints of the body. Inflammation triggers have long been sought to find out where the cascade of damage begins and how to stop it.
Study researchers considered that the antioxidant properties in alcohol help to defend against the ravages of RA’s inflammation.
However, drinking to excess has always been shown to increase the risks of not only autoimmune diseases, but also liver disease, cancers, and other health hazards.
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by Shelly Manning