Add it to the list of magical things wine can do for you: a recent study by researchers at Nottingham University suggests that moderate wine consumption actually lowers the risk of developing arthritis of the knee. The study, as reported by the U.K.’s Daily Mail, showed that while wine consumption helps in the battle against the disease, drinking beer may heighten the risk. By a huge margin, too.
A couple of qualifiers: the study was done on Caucasian men and women, all aged 45 to 86 years, where issues like arthritis become more common. So the findings can’t necessarily be extended to the larger population. But they’re startling enough to warrant general attention, especially if you count yourself among the millions of beer or wine drinkers with plans to keep imbibing well into middle age. Or if you hope to have functional knees with which to keep dancing, prancing, and generally strutting around town well into middle age.
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