(2)Drinking a little beer may help some people live longer. So suggests a new study by Dr. Leslie Klevay, U.S. Department of Agriculture.
In laboratory tests, Klevay gave some animals water to drink and others beer. The beer-drinking animals lived an astonishing six times longer. They also had lower blood cholesterol and less heart enlargement.
There is a catch, though. The test animals suffered from a copper deficiency that promotes heart disease and cuts life short. But the overwhelming majority of Americans also eat a diet dangerously deficient in copper. It's estimated that a mere 20% of us get the recommended dietary doses of copper.
Klevay says the beer, in some mysterious way, counteracts the expected damage from the copper deficiency, prolonging the animals' lives. The mysterious ingredient is unknown, but Klevay does not think it is alcohol.