Four Surprising Benefits of Beer
Just in time for summer, many health professionals agree that a nice cold brewsky can actually have some unexpected benefits. Here are four guilt-free reasons beer is good for you:
Beer is Packed with Nutrients
Turns out a pint of beer is chuck full of vitamin B, as well as minerals such as calcium, phosphorus, iodine, magnesium and potassium, which are essential to a healthy diet. Beer is also a great source of fiber and antioxidants. As mentioned above, calcium is found in the sudsy stuff – and there is mounting evidence that silicon,
another component of beer, has a positive effect on bone health. A study published in the Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture suggests that drinking beer moderately may even ward off osteoporosis.
Beer Helps Fend Off Diseases
One study, conducted by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) noted a 20 to 40 percent decrease in coronary artery disease in moderate alcohol drinkers. In fact, beer has been shown to boost HDL, the “good” cholesterol, lower LDL the “bad” cholesterol and thin the blood. Plus, moderate alcohol consumption can reduce stress and anxiety, known contributors of heart disease. Another perk: In published research, men who chose beer also had a lower risk of kidney stones compared to other alcoholic beverages, possibly due to the diuretic effect combined with beer’s high water content. While too much beer can cause memory loss, researchers have found that beer may help fight off Alzheimer’s. This disease has been linked to high levels of aluminum. Studies show that the silicon in beer slows the accumulation of this metal in the brain and may help offset the damage.
Beer Helps Banish the Belly
Although beer is famous for the dreaded beer belly, the beverage is actually low in sugar. For that reason, you may be better off with a mug of brewsky than of a can of Coke. Multiple studies have shown that beer drinkers had an approximately 30 percent lower risk of type-2 diabetes than test subjects who abstained. Since high levels of sugar is linked to diabetes and obesity that makes sense. As mentioned before, beer is also a rich source of fiber, which slows the rate at which food leaves your stomach and is known to help keep people full, ward off hunger pains, and suppress appetite. Of course, if you drink tons and tons of beer, the calories will add up. However, drinking beer in moderation may actually help you control your weight. For that reason, beer gets a bad rap for this whole beer belly thing.
Beer Makes You Beautiful
Beer is rich in potent antioxidants shown to protect skin from sun damage. Some beauty experts also claim that the silica in the hops adds luster to hair. Hollywood stars swear by it and many use beer as a conditioner. Another interesting fact, beer is considered one of the best natural treatments for dandruff. This particular health benefit of beer is attributed to its high yeast and vitamin B content levels. So take that teetotalers and all you winos! Everything in moderation, of course, but isn’t it good to know that beer is actually good for you!