A review of 124 published papers concluded that the positive health
effects of moderate beer consumption match those previously reported
for red wine and are greater than those for white wine. Beer contains
a similar amount of antioxidant polyphenols to red and 4-5 times
the amount in white wine, per drink.
The study by researchers at the University of Texas Southwestern
Medical Centre reported that consumption of 1-2 beers per day
resulted in a 30-40% lower rate of coronary disease compared to
non drinking. The mechanisms linking beer consumption to reduced
cardiovascular disease may include: a lowered concentration of
several blood clotting factors, increased HDL cholesterol, and
improvements in insulin resistance.
Source University of Texas Southwestern Medical Centre