Total health goals: One glass of vino per night is GOOD for you

If pouring a glass of wine is a nightly ritual in your house, then fair play to you for looking after your health.

Honestly, you're a credit to yourself, and we should all take a leaf out of your book by the sounds of things.

According to a study conducted by researchers in Cambridge and Sweden,  partaking in a tipple – especialy a small glass of red –  can help protect against ischameic stroke.

Ischameic stroke affects the individual when clots cut off the blood and oxygen to the brain and the sufferer is forced to learn how to walk and talk again.

So, where does vino come in exactly?

Scientists established that any alcoholic drink less than 1.5 units reduces protein levels which are known to cause blood clots.

"Previous research has found an association between alcohol consumption and lower levels of fibrinogen – a protein in the body which helps the formation of blood clots," explained lead author Dr Susanna Larsson.

While the study revealed that participants who consumed 1.5 units per night were 10 per cent less likely to suffer an ischaemic stroke, researchers are eager to highlight the dangers associated with excessive alcohol consumption.

"The adverse effect of alcohol consumption on blood pressure – a major risk factor for stroke – may increase the risk of haemorrhagic stroke and outweigh any potential benefit," they explained.

Still, it's good to know that the experts are all for our nightly glass…

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