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Moderate alcohol boosts brain health

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It’s well known that a glass of wine can help clear the mind and help one to relax after a busy day, scientists said it also reduces inflammation and helps the brain clear away toxins.

This study finding was published in the journal ‘Scientific Reports’.

The researchers from the University of Rochester Medical Center shows that a glass of wine “reduces inflammation and helps the brain clear away toxins, including those associated with Alzheimer’s disease.

“Prolonged intake of excessive amounts of ethanol is known to have adverse effects on the central nervous system,” said lead author Dr. Maiken Nedergaard, co-director of the university’s Center for Translational Neuromedicine. “However, in this study we have shown for the first time that low doses of alcohol are potentially beneficial to brain health, namely it improves the brain’s ability to remove waste.”

Nedergaard’s results add to previous research that shows health benefits of low amounts of alcohol, including reduced cardiovascular risk as well as some cancers.

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