8 unexpected health benefits of beer

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We have all heard the saying, "An apple a day keeps the doctor away." But has anyone ever mentioned that a beer just might do the same thing?

There are many reasons to expect that alcohol is bad for our health. Not only can it lead to alcoholism, but large quantities can also have a truly negative effect on our bodies.

But for those who enjoy a beer every now and then, it may come as welcome (and surprising) news to hear that drinking beer in moderation can actually be good for you!

Just as there are health benefits of apple cider vinegar, studies have shown that there are quite a few unexpected benefits to drinking a beer, as well.

Scroll through below for an exclusive look at eight unbelievable ways that beer may be helping your body. I had no idea that a beer every once in a while could be lowering my risk of Alzheimer's andhelping out my heart!

While this should never take the place of medical advice, and while you should never increase your beer intake for health reasons, it can be comforting to know that those of us who enjoy the occasional beer may just be reaping the added benefits.

Which of these benefits of drinking a beer surprised you the most? Let us know in the comments!

How Much Beer Should I Drink?

We all know that drinking too much alcohol can lead to a wide variety of health problems, including high blood pressure, liver cancer, alcoholism, and cirrhosis.

However, as WebMD reports, "If you drink it in moderation, beer can have health benefits."

So, how much beer should a person drink?

According to WebMD, you should keep it to a minimum. "Limit yourself to no more than one drink per day for women, two drinks per day for men."

Keep scrolling to see exactly how moderate amounts of beer can have a positive effect on your health!

Beer And Its Eight Unexpected Health Benefits
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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 Lifehack.org 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 Shape.com, “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.

Lifehack.org 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.”


Watch the video below to learn more about the health benefits of beer:

Beer Might Be Good for Your Heart

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