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GET HEALTHY, DRINK BEER
There is an old saying: “If it tastes good, it is probably bad for you.” So beer must ultimately be bad for you because it is so good, right? WRONG! There are so many things about beer, besides a great variety of flavors (more than wine). One of them is that beer is actually healthy for you!
Our bodies are roughly 70% water. There are a lot of complex chemical reactions that take place, a lot of which require water.
More than that, when we exercise we produce sweat and that not only looses water, but we loose vital minerals from our systems. A recent scientific study has shown that rehydrating with beer not only replenishes our water supply, but it also helps to replenish those lost minerals. After all, beer is mostly water (around 93%).
Prevention of Kidney Stones
A Harvard study monitored 200,000 people with high kidney stone production. These people drank everything from soda to juice, from coffee to tea and included beer and wine. The most effective drinks were beer and wine. They showed an amazing 41% reduction of the risk of developing kidney stones.
A side note: sweetened drinks (such as cola) and artificially sweetened drinks increased the risk of kidney stones.
Beer is a Good Source of Vitamins
Researchers have determined that beer drinkers have 30% higher levels of vitamin B6, B12 and folic acid, otherwise known as B-Complex. Beer drinkers have double the amount of B vitamins than wine drinkers. B-Complex vitamins are know to prevent anemia and birth defects. Women with high levels of folic acid are 90% less likely to develop breast cancer.
Dark Beers Supply Iron
According to the Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture, dark beer have higher concentrations of Iron than lighter beers, which helps transport oxygen throughout the body.
Beer Increases Antioxidants
Polyphenols and antioxidants occur naturally in barley and hops. Beer also contains ferulic acid which is an antioxidant found in dark malt. Ferulic acid is increased as the malt is roasted and becomes darker. Dark beers contain more antioxidants than you can get from vitamin pills!
Beer Contains Natural Nutrients
Since the middle ages beer has been know to contain many nutrients. It was considered by middle age monks to be “liquid bread.”
Beer Makes Bones Stronger
University of California, Davis has shown beer contains dietary silicon (found in barley and hops), especially in pale beers. It is believed dietary silicon helps prevent osteoporosis.
Beer Helps Reduce Heart Disease
Beer can cut your risk of heart disease by 20-40% according to a European study of over 200,000 participants. Moderate consumption can increase your HDL or “good cholesterol” that protects against heart attack and cardiovascular disease.
Beer Helps Prevent High Blood Pressure
Harvard University studied over 70,000 women aged 26 to 40 and concluded that moderate beer drinkers were less likely to develop high blood pressure than women that imbibed wine of liquor.
Beer Helps Reduce the Risk of Diabetes
Another Harvard study included 38,000 middle-aged men who were occasional drinkers. Their intake of alcohol was increased to 1 or 2 beers a day and it was found that those men’s risk of developing type 2 diabetes was decreased by 25%
Beer Improves Brain Health
A New England Journal of Medicine study demonstrated an improvement of cognitive brain functions in women who were moderate alcohol drinkers over their non-drinking counterparts.
Beer Helps Prevent Strokes and Memory Loss
Yet another Harvard study showed that a moderate amount of alcohol daily (as a blood thinner) decreases the formation of blood clots which can cause ischemic stroke. Researchers also reviewed 143 separate studies done in 19 countries and found moderate alcohol drinkers have a 23% less chance of developing Alzheimer’s disease.
Beer Helps Reduce the Risk of Cancer
Hops contain xanthohumol, a powerful anti-oxidant six times more effective than vitamin C and four times more effective than soy products. A study in Portugal found that marinating steak in beer eliminates 70% of carcinogenic (cancer causing) substances which are thought be prevented from forming by the sugars in beer.
Beer Helps You to Live Longer
A USDA study of 50 separate studies show that moderate alcohol consumption helps a person live longer and is thought to prevent 26,000 deaths annually.
So belly up to the bar, have yourself a beer or 2 and don’t feel guilty! With all the benefits listed above, you might just be doing yourself a favor.
Until next time: