People can enjoy beer, wine and chocolate and still live a long life.
The antioxidants in sweets help reduce the inflammation that is linked to deadly diseases, such as heart disease and cancer.
When eaten along with lots of fruits and vegetables, people who enjoy beer, wine and chocolate are up to a fifth less likely to die prematurely than those who consume a lot of red meat, carbonated beverages and processed foods.
The lead author, Professor Joanna Kaluza, from the University of Warsaw, said: "It is known that fruits, vegetables, tea, coffee, red wine, beer and chocolate are rich in antioxidants.
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People can enjoy beer, wine and chocolate and still live a long life (stock)
DOES THE WINE OF CONSUMPTION AFFECT THE RISK OF DEMENTIA OF A PERSON?
A couple of glasses of wine a day not only clears the mind but also cleanses it, as suggested by an investigation in February 2018.
Mice exposed to the equivalent of about two and a half glasses a day are more efficient at eliminating brain waste products that are associated with dementia, according to a study.
The animals, which were given an alcohol compound known as ethanol, also work just as well as rodents' abstemious & # 39; in cognitive and motor tests, the research adds.
The lead author, Dr. Maiken Nedergaard of the University of Rochester, said: "It is known that prolonged intake of excessive amounts of ethanol has adverse effects on the central nervous system.
"However, in this study we have shown for the first time that low doses of alcohol are potentially beneficial for the brain, that is, it improves the brain's ability to eliminate waste."
The researchers did not mention whether red or white wine is more effective in "cleaning" the brain, but adding other types of alcohol, including beer, would probably have the same impact.
The results reveal that intermediate exposure to alcohol reduces the ability of mice to eliminate brain waste, however, this is restored after 24 hours.
This level of exposure is equivalent to about 12 ounces of beer containing five percent alcohol or 5 ounces of wine with 12 percent alcohol for a person weighing 70 kg.
Very high doses of alcohol, around 21 standard drinks a day, also inhibit waste disposal.
The researchers analyzed 68,273 adults who were between 45 and 83 years old.
Participants completed a questionnaire that asked how often they consumed 11 anti-inflammatory foods, such as olive oil and nuts, as well as five inflammatory foods, such as chips, cakes and cookies.
Based on this, the participants were given a score of zero to 16, with the highest scores being the healthiest.
About 16,088 of the participants died during the 16-year study. Of which, 5,980 died due to heart disease and 5,252 as a result of cancer, and the rest was due to other causes.
The results, published in the Journal of Internal Medicine, suggest that those who ate the most anti-inflammatory foods were generally 18 percent less likely to die at age 16 than those who ate less.
Specifically, an anti-inflammatory diet reduced their risk of dying from heart disease by 20 percent and cancer by 13 percent.
Interestingly, smokers benefited the most and were a third less likely to die during the duration of the study than smokers who ate less healthily.
Professor Kaluza said: "The strongest inverse associations between the highest and the lowest [consumers] of an anti-inflammatory diet and the mortality risk were observed in current smokers: 31 percent, 36 percent and 22 percent less risks of all causes, cardiovascular disease and cancer mortality, respectively.
"Adherence to a diet with high anti-inflammatory potential can reduce mortality from any cause, cardiovascular and cancer, and prolong the survival time, especially among current and former smokers."
Although this diet plan benefits smokers, non-smokers who followed the anti-inflammatory diet lived an average of 4.6 years longer than smokers who did not.
Professor Kaluza also emphasized that, while study participants benefited from alcohol consumption, their consumption was "relatively low to moderate".