A pint of Guinness a day keeps the doctor away

On St. Patrick's Day, everybody's Irish. All it takes is the right attitude, all the green in your closet, and a good chug of Guinness. Now scientists are saying the St. Patty's Day celebration might be good for you. Sure, the right attitude never hurt anyone, and green goes with your eyes, but it looks like the Guinness is good for your heart.

In 2003, the American Heart Association conducted a study that found that a pint of Guinness a day can reduce the risk of forming blood clots that lead to heart attacks.

Researchers at the University of Wisconsin compared the effects of Guinness with those of Heineken in dogs with clogged arteries and found that dogs that were fed Guinness had reduced clotting activity, making them less susceptible to heart attacks.

Researchers say the Irish dry stout is packed with powerful antioxidants called flavonoids which reduce lining damage to arteries. A little beer in moderation also protects against type 2 diabetes, helps cholesterol, and even lowers the chances of developing dementia.

So go ahead and switch from that glass of red wine with dinner to a healthy pint of Guinness. It might not go down as smooth with Italian but why not have a little Irish in you year round?

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