Studies have shown that beer consumed in moderation could be beneficial to your health. Here are some benefits as to why beer is beneficial, which are to be read with an open mind!
- Beer is nutritious
Did you know that beer has just as many antioxidants as wine? Antioxidants are powerful substances in your body that can prevent or slow down damage done (aging and illnesses) by free radicals to cells in your body.
Beer also contains a higher percentage of Vitamin B and protein compared to wine. It also contains iron, calcium, phosphates and fiber. As we know, the human body needs iron to make healthy red blood cells. Calcium is the main mineral in your bones, and phosphates are needed to build and repair bones and teeth, make muscles contract and also help the body’s nervous system.
- Beer lowers LDL (bad cholesterol)
The American Heart Association magazine published an article that states soluble fiber in beer can reduce your LDL (bad cholesterol) level. Another benefit of soluble fiber is it promotes a healthy blood-sugar level. However, there is a downside here in that alcohol lessens the body’s ability to burn fat because it reduces the body’s ability to absorb vitamins and minerals, hence the use of the term “beer belly”.
- Beer strengthens your bones
It was found that beer has a high silicon content, hence it may be beneficial to increase bone density. Studies indicate orthosilicic acid (OSA) which is an important dietary silicon found in beer, assists in bone and connective tissue formation, with an additional benefit of helping to reduce the risk of getting osteoporosis.
- Beer can help protect your heart
The New England Journal of Medicine published a study that suggests moderate beer drinking may lessen your chances of getting a heart attack or stroke, compared to a teetotaler. In fact, the study showed that moderate consumption of any type of alcohol does help lower the risk of heart ailments.
- Beer helps prevent kidney stones.
It has been shown that moderate drinking of beer could reduce the risk of developing kidney stones by as much as 41 percent! Beers like pale ales which have a high content of hops, are rich in phytochemicals which are good for the kidneys. Hops are flowers used to brew beer, giving it a distinct bitter taste and aroma.
- Beer can help reduce stress.
We have all come across this claim made by beer pundits. These pundits may just be right, as the American Journal of Psychiatry published a paper submitted where researchers found that a daily dose of two glasses of beer a day for a man or one glass for a lady, does reduce anxiety and stress related to work related issues.
However, turning to beer for comfort as a stress reliever in the long run can make it harder to deal with reality, as there is a possibility depression may set in.
- Beer could help improve cognitive functions
Xanthohumol is a flavonoid and is an ingredient found in hops that has shown to help improve your cognitive functions, i.e., attention span, thinking, learning, reasoning, memory, decision making, etc. Other recently revealed benefits of xanthohumol include it having anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and anticancer effects. It also may help with slowing down dementia.
As quoted in the Journal of Agriculture and Food Chemistry, research on xanthohumol is still in the preliminary stages, and testing was done with higher dosages than what could be obtained from drinking beer alone.
- Beer helps the older generation
Moderately increasing the intake of beer was found to be associated with better functions in middle aged and senior subjects.
All these findings do not suggest that beer consumption should be increased; although moderate consumption has proven its benefits.
The phrase “moderate consumption” in this article would be defined generally as one drink per day for women and two drinks per day for men.
Medical practitioners do not encourage moderate consumption of beer or any alcohol for that matter, out of fear this will encourage people to go on binge drinking. Heavy drinking has been linked to a host of serious diseases e.g., alcoholism, hypertension, cirrhosis (liver damage), cancer, type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular diseases.
Once again, we hope readers have read the above article with an open mind. Please consult your family physician or another medical practitioner to get a clear picture on whether your alcohol consumption habits are detrimental or beneficial.
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21st May 18:47