According to Wikipedia, beer is the world’s oldest and most widely consumed alcoholic drink; it is the third most popular drink overall, after water and tea. The production of beer is called brewing, which involves the fermentation of starches, mainly derived from cereal grains—most commonly malted barley, although wheat, maize (corn), and rice are widely used. During the brewing process, most beer is flavored with hops. They add bitterness to the beer and act as a natural preservative.
Health Benefits Of Drinking Beer
Moderate beer consumption has positive effect on people’s health. Here are several proven benefits described in more details. You can also watch the benefits in the video below the article.
1. It can help reduce risk of heart disease
One study with 200,000 subjects was conducted at Italy’s Fondazion di Ricerca e Cura. They found that people who drank a pint of beer daily had a 31% reduced chance of heart disease. This result is due to the natural antioxidants in beer, called phenols. However, another result in the study also showed increased risk of heart disease in people who consumed higher amounts of beer.
2. It can help protect against Dementia or Alzheimer’s.
One of the most outstanding health benefits of beer is its ability to protect against Alzheimer’s or Dementia. Researchers at Loyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine, analyzed several studies. They came to the conclusion that moderate beer drinkers are 23% less likely to develop different forms of dementia and cognitive impairment, including Alzheimer’s. The high amounts of aluminum in the body, is one of the possible causes for Alzheimer’s. The silicon content in beer is thought to protect the brain from the harmful effects of the aluminum in the body.
3. It can help lower risk of diabetes
This is another remarkable benefit of moderate beer consumption. A 2011 Harvard study of about 38,000 middle-aged men, concluded that people who drank one to two beers daily had a 25% reduction in the risk of developing type 2 diabetes. The alcohol content in beer increases insulin sensitivity, which helps prevent from type 2 diabetes. The beer is a good source of soluble fiber that plays an important role in the healthy diet of people suffering from diabetes.
Increased alcohol consumption over time didn’t lower the risk in men who already had a couple drinks a day, so moderation is the key word here. Sticking to a beer or two is best.
4. It can help prevent kidney stones
Also, a study in Finland proved that moderate daily consumption of beer can reduce the risk of developing kidney stones by 40%. This health benefit is attributed to beer’s high water content (about 93%) that helps flush harmful toxins out of the body and keep the kidneys working properly. Also, compounds in hops used in brewing help slow the release of calcium from bones, which in turn prevents buildup of lost calcium in the kidney in the form of stones.
5. It can help reduce cholesterol levels
One method for cutting your cholesterol levels, indulging in moderate beer consumption may be the way to go. The barley used in brewing of beer contains a type of soluble fiber known as beta-glucans, that has been shown to help in lowering cholesterol levels.
6. It can help strengthen bones
Beer contains decent levels of silicon, an element that is linked with bone health. One study conducted at Tufts in 2009 established that older individuals who drank one or two glasses of beer daily had higher bone density, and thus were less prone to fractures than those who did not enjoy a glass of beer or wine. However, the study also found that consuming more than two drinks increased risk of bone fractures.
7. Recover faster from a workout or any type of working activity
Researchers asked students to exercise until their body temperature reached 104 degrees. Then they asked them rehydrate with beer or water.
As it turns out, people who had a post-workout pint were feeling better than those who had H2O.