vitamin booze

  1. 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.

  2. More new studies back booze

    Know any good drinking songs? Sing 'em loud and sing 'em long -- because more new studies back vitamin booze as one of the best ways to keep healthy and pain-free.

    Half the folks you meet on a barstool will tell you they've had a drink or two to dull the pain, and a new study finds that's not far from the truth.

    We know that drinkers enjoy a lower risk of rheumatoid arthritis in addition to the great taste of their favorite beverage. But a new study finds that even patients who've already come down with RA can get a benefit -- because booze can actually slow the disease.

    Swiss researchers examined the X-rays of 2,908 RA patients and found that the light and moderate drinkers had the least amount of joint damage over four years, according to the study published in Arthritis & Rheumatism.

    So if you're still taking painkillers... you're hitting the wrong bottle.

    Animal studies have also found that booze can beat arthritis as long as you keep it moderate. Load up on liquor, and you'll pay the price -- and not just in your joints. Most of alcohol's benefits come undone once you start drinking so much that you're known for it -- and that includes those famous heart benefits.

    In fact, two more studies add to the overwhelming evidence that a good tipple is good for your ticker.

    The first study, published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, finds that moderate drinkers of any kind of booze -- liquor, beer, wine or hooch -- have the lowest risk of death from cardiovascular conditions such as heart attack and stroke.

    A second study in the same journal found that people who enjoy two drinks a day have a 22 percent lower risk of death from cardiovascular-related conditions.

    So drink up, and enjoy every sip. It's good for you.

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