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Old 07-31-2009, 09:46 PM   #1
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I bet this has been posted before as this is quite old, but I searched Guinness Health on here and didn't find it.

Guinness good for you - official

The old advertising slogan "Guinness is Good for You" may be true after all, according to researchers.

A pint of the black stuff a day may work as well as a low dose aspirin to prevent heart clots that raise the risk of heart attacks.

Drinking lager does not yield the same benefits, experts from University of Wisconsin told a conference in the US.

Guinness were told to stop using the slogan decades ago - and the firm still makes no health claims for the drink.

The Wisconsin team tested the health-giving properties of stout against lager by giving it to dogs who had narrowed arteries similar to those in heart disease.

They found that those given the Guinness had reduced clotting activity in their blood, but not those given lager.

Heart trigger

Clotting is important for patients who are at risk of a heart attack because they have hardened arteries.

A heart attack is triggered when a clot lodges in one of these arteries supplying the heart.

Many patients are prescribed low-dose aspirin as this cuts the ability of the blood to form these dangerous clots.

The researchers told a meeting of the American Heart Association in Orlando, Florida, that the most benefit they saw was from 24 fluid ounces of Guinness - just over a pint - taken at mealtimes.

We already know that most of the clotting effects are due to the alcohol itself, rather than any other ingredients
Spokesman, Brewing Research International

They believe that "antioxidant compounds" in the Guinness, similar to those found in certain fruits and vegetables, are responsible for the health benefits because they slow down the deposit of harmful cholesterol on the artery walls.

However, Diageo, the company that now manufactures Guinness, said: "We never make any medical claims for our drinks."

The company now runs advertisements that call for "responsible drinking".

A spokesman for Brewing Research International, which conducts research for the industry, said she would be "wary" of placing the health benefits of any alcohol brand above another.

She said: "We already know that most of the clotting effects are due to the alcohol itself, rather than any other ingredients.

"It is possible that there is an extra effect due to the antioxidants in Guinness - but I would like to see this research repeated."

She said that reviving the old adverts for Guinness might be problematic - at least in the EU.

Draft legislation could outlaw any health claims in adverts for alcohol in Europe, she said.

Feelgood factor

The original campaign in the 1920s stemmed from market research - when people told the company that they felt good after their pint, the slogan was born.

In England, post-operative patients used to be given Guinness, as were blood donors, based on the belief that it was high in iron.

Pregnant women and nursing mothers were at one stage advised to drink Guinness - the present advice is against this.

The UK is still the largest market in the world for Guinness, although the drink does not feature in the UK's top ten beer brands according to the latest research.
Story from BBC NEWS:
BBC NEWS | Health | Guinness good for you - official

Published: 2003/11/13 11:20:10 GMT

I wonder what specifically makes Guinness better - what the antioxidants come from. Maybe it's barley, since Guinness has a lot of it, and the lagers they probably used were probably filled with corn and rice. Maybe craft Stouts are even better for you. Better get to drinking my Stout Health Drinks.

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Old 07-31-2009, 09:58 PM   #2
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Does make one wonder if the Guiness was compared to an adjunct lager or if the level of anitoxidants are increased with the increased amounts of dark roasted grain.

Although I doubt that a batch Guiness has any more grain in the grist than an Bock or Octoberfest of equal volume and Plato.

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Old 07-31-2009, 10:01 PM   #3
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Its gotta be the sinking bubbles...

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Old 08-01-2009, 03:41 AM   #4
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Yea, I'd like to know what makes Guiness so special, or if any stout, or porter will do.

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Old 08-01-2009, 06:38 AM   #5
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FWIW, my wife used to be a labor and delivery nurse. The doctors would sometimes recommend a few pints of Guinness as a tonic to ladies after the stress of pregnancy and childbirth.

I don't know if it's special in the category of dark beers, or just one of the few dark beers
many Americans know about.
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Old 08-01-2009, 07:44 AM   #6
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Guinness is good for you.....There is a simple answer...


I love the Guinness, but I LOVE THE BEER I brew MORE!!!!

Guiness is great, but it is no homebrew!
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Old 08-01-2009, 08:21 AM   #7
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Guinness and other stouts used to be prescribed to some patients in UK hospitals many years ago. Are you guys really sure you don't want socialised health care?

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Old 08-01-2009, 12:42 PM   #8
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I'm sold, those guys in Wisconsin are really smart. One Guinness please! Of course it tastes so much better in Dublin. Maybe there is a health benefit to drinking Guinness in a pub in Dublin, I think I'll plan some research.
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Old 08-01-2009, 12:53 PM   #9
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Isnt there something about a guiness and an orange a day is all you need to survive?

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Old 08-01-2009, 01:33 PM   #10
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Originally Posted by Schnitzengiggle View Post
Guinness is good for you.....There is a simple answer...


I love the Guinness, but I LOVE THE BEER I brew MORE!!!!

Guiness is great, but it is no homebrew!
You don't have to like the open up and swallow...It's GOOD for you!

I keep it on tap in my Kegerator...strictly for medicinal purposes you understand (yeah right )

Wonder if I could file a health insurance claim for my next keg?

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