Alcohol in 60 Seconds

By Brian Lemay No comments


Alcohol, or more specifically ethanol has
been consumed for hundreds of years, and is both a nutrient and a drug to humans. This
is because it contains 7 calories per gram, but also has psychoactive effects. When consumed, alcohol passes through cell
membranes and makes it more permeable. In order to return the membrane to its optimum
permeability, the liver releases LDL cholesterol which reduces permeability. This means that
regular alcohol consumption can cause permanent raised LDL levels. Ethanol is metabolised into Acetaldehyde by
the liver. The liver can metabolise it into acetic acid, but if the liver gets saturated
with Acetaldehyde, it will leak into the blood stream. Here it can cause oxidative stress
on the body and inhibit enzymes in the brain. Acetaldehyde is the primary cause of hang
overs. Traditionally brewed beer does contain some
b vitamins, but as ethanol inhibits the absorbion of these the benefits are questionable. Red wine contains a polyphenol called resveratrol,
which is a powerful antioxidant and helps improve cardiovascular health, this is the
only real benefit of alcohol. For more information on alcohol please visit
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