If you have ever pondered if beer is any good for the human body, you may be pleasantly surprised to know that there are quite a few. Here are eight reasons that show why drinking beer is not exactly the worst thing you could do and may actually help your health.
Its More Nutritious Than Other Alcohols
While you may know that wine is rich in antioxidants, beer is just as robust in that category but the specific antioxidants are different; barley and hops contain different antioxidants than wine grapes. Beer surpasses wine’s nutritional value in regard to protein and vitamin B and you can also gain notable levels of calcium, fiber, iron and phosphates from drinking it.
Its Good for the Heart
Drinking beer in moderation may make the imbiber more resilient to stroke, heart attacks and heart disease. As an alcoholic beverage, beer is also suitable to reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease.
It Helps Stop Kidney Stones
One study indicates that consuming beer in moderation diminished the chances of developing kidney stones by 41%. This is likely a side effect of the presence of hops; hops are rich in phytochemical’s that strengthen the kidneys.
Beer Cuts Bad Cholesterol
The fiber in beer is soluble and can diminish the “bad” cholesterol known as LDL. Upping the soluble fiber in your diet has several benefits, including fostering health levels of blood-sugar and blood-cholesterol. The one drawback to this is that it hurts the body’s ability to burn off stored fat.
Beer Hardens Bone
Beer possesses a notable level of bone-strengthening silicon. The orthosilicic acid in dietary silicon helps to both encourage the growth and development of connective tissue and bone and reducing the chance of developing osteoporosis.
Beer Beats Stress
Two pints a day is sufficient to diminish stress and anxiety. It should be stressed that this is a short-term solution as the long-term results of habitual beer-drinking involved increased levels of depression and anxiety.
Beer Improves Memory
Hops contains a flavonoid known as Xanthohumol. Xanthohumol helps slow the rate of decay in human brain’s ability to recall information.
Beer Helps Cognitive Ability
In a study of middle-aged individuals that was published in the American Journal of Epidemiology, there seems to be a corollary between brain function and the consumption of alcohol. While this is not to say that people should always be drinking beer, drinking it in moderation is proven to up cognitive ability.
A Note On Moderation
Moderate drinking is defined as a single drink for women and two drinks for me, over the course of a single day. One of the main reason that most physicians resist the impulse to endorse drinking beer, or any other alcohol for that matter, is because of the very real worry that heavy drinkers will take such a statement as permission to drink as much as they like. Always consult your doctor about your health and level of alcohol consumption; heavy drinking leads to cirrhosis, hypertension, pancreatitis and also cancer.