What would make you want to drink an ice cold beer? Seeing other people enjoy an ice cold beer? Maybe or maybe not. Come rain or shine, we all know beer drinkers love their pint of beer. What many people don’t know of is that this malted barley alcoholic drink is the third most widely consumed drink in the world after water and tea. Although beer is alcoholic in nature, scientists have discovered that it has many profound health benefits too. Here are the top 7 health reasons to drink your way to good health.
1. Makes Your Bones Stronger:
We have all heard that drinking milk gives us strong bones. But, did anyone tell us that perhaps a pint of beer could do the trick too. A report from International Journal of Endocrinology stated that moderate beer consumption can lead to increased bone density, preventing fractures and osteoporosis. It’s actually the ingredients of beer that makes the bones stronger not the alcohol. Moderation is the key, as scientists have warned that binge-drinking can have the adverse effect and make bones weaker.
Hops are one of the four essential ingredients in beer along with barley, yeast, and water. Hops are the marquee ingredient behind delicious beer. Hops contain a flavonoid compound, xanthohumol, that may have anti-inflammatory activity and has been used in folk medicine for anti-bacterial functions for thousands of years. A recent study found hops in beer are useful in targeting inflammatory disorders and inflammatory pain.
3. Can Help Prevent Cancer:
Prevention is better than cure. What better preventive medicine could one want? Beer is not only refreshing to drink but another great reason to guzzle it down is that it can prevent cancer. Scientists have revealed that beer holds serious medicinal properties. Researchers say the hops used to make beer have been found to stop bacterial growth and disease.
4. Makes Your Heart Stronger:
Beer has overtaken red wine as the best daily habit to help avoid having a heart attack according to research. The high levels of vitamin B6 found in beer are thought to be the secret. These prevent the build-up of a harmful chemical in the body, homocysteine, which is known to cause heart disease. Most experts hail red wine as a good heart-protector because of its ability to help prevent blood clots and as it is rich in antioxidants which absorb harmful chemicals. However, this new research suggests that beer may have a slight edge over wine where health is concerned. Here’s to good health.
5. Prevents Kidney Stones:
A study found in the Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology compared the effects certain beverages had on a person’s chance of developing kidney stones. It was found that daily intakes of sugary drinks could increase the chance of kidney stones, while beer was found to lower the risk.
It was found, people who drank one or more sugar-sweetened colas per day had a 23% increased risk than weekly drinkers. Those who drank sugary, clear non-cola sodas daily, experienced a 33% greater risk than those who drank once a week. A course of some beverages was found to reduce the risk of kidney stones compared to weekly intakes. The risk was reduced to 26% for caffeinated coffee, 2% for orange juice, 11% for tea, 31% for red wine and 33% for white wine. However, the winner of the game was beer, with risks reduced by 41%!
So the next time you’re out shopping, forget the soft drinks, navigate yourself to the beer aisle instead.
6. Helps With Digestion:
Yes, a glass of beer after dinner aids your digestive system. Beer has a host of benefits when it comes to digestion, including the stimulation of gastrin, gastric acid, cholecystokinin and pancreatic enzymes. A recent report in the Journal of Agriculture and Food Chemistry stated that beer consumption is connected to gastric acid production and that beer is rich in digestion enhancing ingredients. So, forget the indigestion tablets in your medicine box, head for the fridge instead.
7. Can Help Prevent Alzheimer’s Disease:
It’s the perfect excuse to grab that pint. Drinking beer regularly can aid your memory and ward off Alzheimer’s disease. The vitamin B12 found in beer helps memory and concentration. Maybe drinking that beer while I was studying for finals in college actually helped after all. Researchers at Loyola University in Chicago found that moderate beer drinkers have a 23% less chance to develop Alzheimer’s and dementia than those who don’t drink beer. It’s the silicon in beer which protects your brain from free radicals which lead to neurodegenerative diseases.
There’s bad cholesterol but there’s also good cholesterol – the good news is beer contains the good type and this is found to lower the risk of dementia and Alzheimer’s. Drink more beer and your brain will remember you for that!
Call it beer or call it the good old pint, this miracle drink is full of health benefits that will boost your fitness level and improve your overall physical condition. Good things are good in moderation, it’s the same for beer. Drink away because beer will make you more awesome. Cheers!
(P.S. I’m not a doctor and this not medial advice. Remember, you can have too much of a good thing…)
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