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  1. What red wine can't do

    Everyone knows that red wine is good for your heart. Studies have shown over and over again that a glass or two a day can lower your heart disease risk.

    But a new study found that it won't do a thing for your blood pressure.

    Shocking! How can something that's good for your heart NOT lower your blood pressure?!

    For starters, it's because blood pressure is a bogus marker of heart health that's long been over-hyped simply as a way of selling more blood-pressure-lowering drugs.

    But to add to that, this study is junk science of the worst kind.

    Believe it or not, the 61 men and women in the month-long study on how red wine affects blood pressure didn't drink a single glass of wine in the process.

    Instead, the volunteers were given daily servings of either a plain dairy drink, or one of two dairy drinks loaded with different amounts of the polyphenols found in red wine.

    At the start of the study, the volunteers all had hypertension, with average BP levels of 145/86. And after four weeks of dairy drinks, nothing had changed.

    But what'd they think would happen, some kind of blood pressure miracle?

    Bottom line: Whether red wine lowers your blood pressure numbers or not-who cares? Studies have shown that it can boost your heart health, strengthen your immune system, reduce inflammation, boost your brain health, reduce your cancer risk, help you sleep better, and can even help you live longer.

    I'll definitely drink to that.

  2. Booze for the brain

    My favorite "B" vitamin is back in the headlines as a new study confirms that "vitamin booze" is just about the best preservative for brain cells around.

    Was there really any doubt?

    Researchers looked at data on some 365,000 patients who took part in 143 studies published since 1977 and found that a moderate drinking habit can slash the risk of Alzheimer's disease, dementia, and other forms of cognitive impairment by 23 percent.

    There's not a drug in the world that can make that claim -- so you'd think that right about now researchers would finally come to their senses and recommend that nondrinkers start drinking.

    "We don't recommend that nondrinkers start drinking," Edward J. Neafsey, one of the authors of the new study, said in a news release.

    What are these people so afraid of? Drinking is one of the greatest inventions in the history of civilization.

    In fact, the need to harvest grains to make booze appears to be have been the very reason for the creation of civilization -- yet today's namby-pamby docs just refuse to tell people it's OK to go ahead and have a drink or two a day.

    Lighten up already!

    Ignore them and listen to me instead. In addition to the numerous brain benefits, vitamin booze has been shown to protect the heart, lower stress, and help you live longer, too.

    Drinkers are even smarter, which should tell you everything you need to know about the teetotalers.

    If you really want to supercharge your gray matter, don't forget the rest of the B vitamins: B6, B12, and folic acid have been shown to slow the brain shrinkage associated with cognitive impairment.

    I recommend washing them down with an ice, cold beer.

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