Link between Moderate Alcohol Consumption and Cholesterol

Excessive alcohol intake is a toxic habit. However, in different research, it has been shown that moderate alcohol consumption may help protect the body against heart disease. This is possible because there is a relationship between cholesterol and alcohol.

When we say drinking moderately, we are referring to no more than one drink per day for women and as for men, one to two drinks per day. Recent studies claim that people who drink in moderation are between 14% and 25% less likely to suffer from cardiovascular disease compared to people who do not consume alcohol in moderation.

Effect on HDL

Other research has shown that a moderate alcohol intake could improve the level of HDL cholesterol (known by some as good cholesterol), which is protective against heart disease.

Notably, the reports say that the health benefits are provided by the alcohol content and not the type of alcoholic beverage (wine, vodka, whiskey or beer). Also, many experts have noted that these investigations seem to support that drinking alcohol not excessively may help the heart.

Effects of wine on oxidation of LDL cholesterol

The alcohol contained in the various beverages is not the only substance that interacts with lipoproteins. Red wine contains phenolic substances which can act as antioxidants. Studies show that wine phenolics inhibit oxidation of normal LDL. As is known, when LDL undergo oxidation, it is converted into particles that can be phagocytosed by macrophages, and contributes to the formation of the foam cell, one of the first stages in the formation of atherosclerotic plaque. So, wine’s antioxidant properties might reduce atherogenic LDL.

Important dietary guidelines

We must also clarify that it is important to maintain a proper lifestyle to help improve your cholesterol levels, and strengthen cardiovascular health. Therefore it is recommended to drink alcohol moderately, quit smoking, physical exercise 5 times a week (after consulting your doctor) and eat a balanced diet (low in fat and salt, low intake of red meat and high consumption of fish and chicken, soluble fiber, fruits and green vegetables).

Finally, do not forget that only moderate alcohol consumption may benefit to cardiovascular health. Alcohol in excess is very harmful to health.

Article reference

– http://www.cholesterolmenu.com/alcohol-and-cholesterol/ “Does Alcohol Consumption Affect Your Cholesterol Levels?”