The surprising health benefits of beer

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8 health benefits of beer

While beer is by no means a health food — it can actually improve aspects of your health.

Here are a few:

Stronger bones
Beer contains silicon, an element associated with bone health. A study found those who enjoyed one or two glasses of beer a day had higher bone density. But those who consumed more than that were at a greater risk of bone fractures.

Good for kidneys
A 2011 study found that beer could help decrease the risk of developing kidney stones. It's believed to be from the high water content of beer and its diuretic effect.

Good for heart
An Italian study involving over 200,000 subjects found that those who drank a pint of beer daily had a 31% reduced chance of heart disease, due to beer's natural antioxidant called phenols.

Source of fiber
Beer is made of barley, which contains a type of soluble fiber called beta-glucans. This kind of fiber is credited with lowering cholesterol levels.

Brain health
Research found that drinking one beer a day decreased mental decline in older women by 20%.

B vitamins
Are great for the heart, just one 12-oz beer has 12.5% of your daily vitamin B6.

Lowers blood pressure
A Harvard study found that women ages 25-40 who drank beer moderately were less likely to develop high blood pressure than those who drank other alcoholic beverages.

Reduced risk of cancer
Beer contains xanthohumol which fights off cancer-causing enzymes.

Remember to always drink in moderation — cheers!

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Beer And Its Eight Unexpected Health Benefits

Benefit #1: Improves Heart Health

Drinking a beer may have the potential to help out your heart.

According to Men’s Health, “Italian researchers found that moderate beer drinkers had a 42 percent lower risk of heart disease compared to nondrinkers.”

However, the researchers go on to say that you should limit your beer drinking “to one pint a day.”

Benefit #2: Lowers Risk Of Diabetes

When it comes to keeping type 2 diabetes away, few people think about beer.

However, as writes, “Multiple studies have shown that beer drinkers had an approximately 30 percent lower risk of type 2 diabetes than test subjects who abstained.”

Benefit #3: Lowers Blood Pressure

Excessive drinking has been proven to have negative effects on the heart and blood pressure, but drinking a single beer may just do the opposite.

Men’s Health writes, “Beer can lower your risk for hypertension, research suggests.

“In one study, Harvard researchers found that moderate beer drinkers are less likely to develop high [blood pressure] than those who sip wine or cocktails.”

Benefit #4: Protects The Brain

While most people assume that beer kills brain cells, one specific compound found in beer may actually protect the mind.

According to, “Compounds in hops [which are found in beer] may protect against Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease, according to a new study.”

They go on to say it “may slow the development of neurodegenerative diseases.”

Benefit #5: Increases Bone Density

As we get older, our bones may become weaker and more susceptible to breakage. However, drinking a beer may actually strengthen them.

Beer professional Anthony Martin suggests “beer for stronger bones!

“A 2009 study concluded that the elevated levels of silicon in beer can contribute to higher bone density.”

Benefit #6: Lowers Risk Of Gallstones

Gallstones can be extremely painful, but drinking a beer may lower the risk of developing them. writes, “Beer drinking is associated with a reduced risk for gallstones, according to the Mayo Clinic.

“Gallstones are made up of cholesterol, bile, and other things that cause pain in the stomach. No one wants to deal with that.”

Benefit #7: Stops Cataracts

Good news for those worried about cataracts: drinking a beer may stop them in their tracks.

According to the Telegraph, “Cataracts are formed when the mitochondria of the eye’s outer lens are damaged.

“Researchers at the University of Western Ontario found that the antioxidants found in beer, particularly ales and stouts, protected against mitochondrial damage.”

Benefit #8: Staves Off Strokes

Last, but certainly not least, beer has been shown to keep away strokes.

The Telegraph writes, “Studies by both Harvard Medical School and the American Stroke Association have shown that people who drink moderate amounts of beer can cut their risk of strokes.”


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