“Old things are better than new things, because they’ve got stories in them” and beer rings true with that more literally than imaginable. Ever wondered why beer has lasted since almost the beginning of civilization? Be it in a bottle, off the tap or from a keg, this frothy goodness has existed since the Mesopotamian era.
There are two sides to beer consumption because of the alcohol it contains. There is no doubt that heavy drinking can cause damage in the short and long terms but on the other hand, moderate drinking has beneficial effects on health. Beer is brewed for everybody. There are beers for all palates – low alcohol for children, rich in fibers and proteins for pregnant women, full of vitamins for the elderly, low or sugar-free for diabetics, etc. So, the next time you settle down with a beer in hand, remember you’re making a healthy choice! Consumption of beer can be beneficial to you as long as it’s in moderation.
LISTED BELOW ARE SOME HEALTH BENEFITS OF BEER
Beer reduces cholesterol levels. We have two types of cholesterol in our system: HDL – ‘good’ cholesterol, that helps rid our body of excess cholesterol in our arteries. And then we have LDL – also known as the ‘bad’ cholesterol because it carries cholesterol to our arteries, where it may collect in artery walls. Up to 12 ounces of beer a day for women, and up to 24 ounces for men, effectively lowers the LDL cholesterol levels and increases the HDL levels.
Moderate consumption of beer boost one’s HDL levels by 10%-12%, hence lowering the risk of Alzheimer’s disease, dementia and coronary disease.
Beer greatly lowers the risk of a heart attack, and scientists have shown that beer drinkers have a 40% to 60% lowered risk of suffering a heart attack in comparison to non-beer drinkers.
Beer contains vitamin B6, which protects against heart diseases bypreventing the build-up of a compound called homocysteine. It has a thinning effect on the blood and prevents the formation of clots, which is the cause for cardiovascular blocks.
Beer supports the health of your kidneys. A drink daily lowers the risk of developing kidney stones by 40%. Beer is high in potassium, low in sodium and is a rich source of magnesium, which results in a reduced risk of kidney stones.
Beer makes your skin healthy and smooth as its vitamins have a beneficial effect on pigmentation and regenerate the skin.
Like other alcoholic drinks, beer is shown to reduce stress. Beer also contains lactoflavin and nicotinic acid, which help you fall asleep easily.
Beer contains hops which slows down the release of calcium from bones and strengthen them. The high silicon content also leads to higher bone density, Moderate intake increases bone density, thereby preventing the risk of fractures and osteoporosis.
Beer is a good source of vitamin B12 and folic acid, a deficiency of which may lead to anemia. Vitamin B12 is also essential for maintaining normal growth, good memory and concentration. Beer boosts the vitamin B levels, as it is a rich source of several B vitamins.
Beer contains a chemical called Xanthohumol, a very powerful antioxidant that has anti-cancer properties. It lowers the risk of prostate cancer in men and breast cancer in women.
Ever wondered why you pee so much while drinking beer? Beer is made up of 90% water and significantly increases urination. This promotes the increased removal of toxins and waste materials from the body.