Physicians' Academy for Cardiovascular Education

Alcohol consumption associates with lower endothelial dysfunction and low-grade inflammation

Alcohol and red wine consumption, but not fruit, vegetables, fish or dairy products, are associated with less endothelial dysfunction and less low-grade inflammation: the Hoorn Study

Literature - Van Bussel BCT, Henry RMA, Schalkwijk CG, et al. - Eur J Nutr 2017 [Epub ahead of print]

Main results


Of the 5 food groups, only moderate/high consumption of alcohol and red wine were associated with a lower endothelial dysfunction biomarker score and greater FMD and red wine consumption was also associated with lower biomarkers of low-grade inflammation. Results for the other food groups including vegetable, fruit, fish and dairy products, were less clear. As observed associations were independent of consumption of the other food groups, this suggests that alcohol-containing beverage consumption may favourable influence endothelial dysfunction and low-grade inflammation.


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