The french paradox is caused by an inconsistency with scientific experimentation: The French have a very high intake of saturated fat and cholesterol, which is associated with coronary heart disease, yet they have un-commensurately low levels of deaths due to this disease. It has been proposed that alcohol, as a part of the French diet, is the factor that helps decrease the risk of heart disease in the French population by 20-30%. Research has been gathered from many medical journals to create a larger and more accurate perspective to determine if alcohol has any effect on coronary heart disease. Experiments indicate that alcohol does indeed have protective effects on the cardiovascular system through various mechanisms including: High-density lipoprotein (HDL) increases, Apolipoprotein A1-A2 increase, Hemostatic factors, and insulin sensitivity increase.
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