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7th European Beer and Health Symposium in Brussels editorial team

The Museum of Natural Sciences in Brussels hosted the 7th European Beer and Health Symposium, which brought to light the latest published studies on the role of moderate beer consumption on health.

For the first time, the event was chaired by a Spanish researcher, Dr. Ramón Estruch, doctor and internal medicine consultant at Hospital Clinic in Barcelona. The symposium brought together over 160 experts from 24 countries. Two other Spanish researchers, Dr. Lina Badimón and Dr. Rosa Lamuela, from the University of Barcelona and the Cardiovascular Research Centre (CSIC-ICCC), respectively, joined Dr. Estruch to highlight the conclusions of their studies on the potential positive effects of beer on cardiovascular health, obesity, nutrition and the prevention of cellular ageing.

Dr. Badimón, who is head of the Cardiovascular Research Centre and vice-president of the Spanish Society of Cardiology, shared the main conclusion of her study, "Intake of fermented beverages protect against acute myocardial injury: Target organ cardiac effects and vasculoprotective effects”. The study, which was published in the leading international journal Basic Research in Cardiology, reveals that moderate beer consumption can favor heart function.

Dr. Lamuela, from the Department of Nutrition and Bromatology in the Faculty of Pharmacy at the University of Barcelona, shared study her entitled, "Polyphenol intake and mortality risk: a re-analysis of the PREDIMED trial”, and spoke about how beer is a good source of polyphenols, which can may lower the risk of cardiovascular disease and other chronic illnesses due to their antioxidant properties and beneficial effects on blood pressure, lipids, insulin resistance and inflammatory biomarkers.

Other beer studies were also presented by renowned European researchers.

That includes Irish public health nutritionist Kathryn O'Sullivan, who has a PhD in Clinical Medicine from Trinity College in Dublin and who reported that moderate beer consumption can form part of a healthy diet and lifestyle.

According to her research, "the belief that beer causes weight gain and a 'beer belly' has no scientific basis. Excessive consumption of any type of alcohol resulting in extra calorie intake can lead to energy imbalance and thus weight gain. However, moderate alcohol consumption does not necessarily lead to weight gain if energy balance is maintained".

Once again, the conference highlighted that, according to the latest research, moderate beer consumption can be part of a healthy diet, due to its high antioxidant and vitamin content, which gives it an especially interesting nutritional profile, especially it terms of its effects on the cardiovascular system.

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