Why Moderate Consumption of Beer can be Good for You

Midweek or not, you might find yourself hankering for a bottle of beer and you’re probably hearing voices in your head saying  “Oh no, that’s  gonna  be  bad  for you”  or “Someone’s  growing  a beer belly” or things like that. But before you beat yourself up, here’s a few reasons why you should not stop yourself from grabbing a bottle of beer.

A Kranz (wreath) of Kölsch beer.
A Kranz (wreath) of Kölsch beer. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Beer is good for your bones. It is  rich in the  dietary silicon which is found to be useful in formation of bone, support structure and connective tissues of the body.  Studies have shown that moderate consumption of  beer may help fight osteoporosis which is a condition caused by low bone mass and degenerated bone tissues. In some western countries, beer is  a major source of silicone as beer become a staple.

It can reduce the risk of getting Alzheimer’s disease.  Studies have shown that Silicon found in beers have also been proven to decrease the digestive uptake and accumulation of  aluminum which  had been linked  to the development of this degenerative disease.

Beer can be good for your heart. When taken in moderation, it can lower the risk of heart failure or heart diseases by increasing the level of good cholesterol(HDL).

Beer lessens the chances of kidney stones formation. Studies have shown that taking moderate amount of beer can lessen the chances of developing kidney stones.  Beer is 90% water and  in itself makes you urinate more and thereby helps you flush out the toxins  from the kidney. Beer also reduces  the amount of calcium deposits that can eventually combine with salt and other minerals  that forms the kidney stones.

Beer contains vitamins and minerals. Recent studies have shown that beer contains vitamins such as niacin, folate, thiamin, pantothenic acid, riboflavin, choline and minerals like magnesium, potassium, selenium and phosphorus. Wheat, the raw form of malt which is the main ingredient for beer,  is a known source known of Vitamin B Complex and minerals. The processed liquid form still retains these vitamins and minerals.

It contains Vitamin B6 which can avert the accumulation of amino acid homocysteine that can damage the lining of the arteries and may easily  induce blood clotting. This can be dangerous as a clot may block a blood vessel and the block can travel up to the lungs (pulmonary embolism), to the brain (can cause a stroke) and to the heart (which can lead to a heart attack).

It is important to note though, that when taken in intoxicating amounts, alcohol can inhibit the body from absorbing all these nutrients.

Beer has antioxidants. Hops used in making the flavors in beers contain a specific antioxidants called prenylated chalconoid  and polyphenols which are known to have therapeutic properties. Both  these compounds battle free radicals that are attributed to conditions like  skin aging, cancer, Parkinson’s disease and atherosclerosis.

Beer relaxes you, lowers your stress levels and can induce better sleep.  Beer widens the blood vessels which relaxes the muscle cells within the blood vessels and increases the blood flow in the body tissues.

Contrary to popular belief, beer will not make you fat as it is fat-free.  Of course, beer when taken in excessive quantities, will add unnecessary calories.

Just remember though, that these benefits can only be achieved when beer is taken in moderation and should not be taken as a dietary substitute for vitamins and minerals. A bottle  or two a day is considered moderate.  Just like everything else, anything, taken in excessive quantities, will be bad for your health.

References:

  • http://www.benefitsofbeer.com/
  • http://familydoctor.org/familydoctor/en/diseases-conditions/coronary-artery-disease/causes-risk-factors/high-homocysteine-level-how-it-affects-your-blood-vessels.html
  • http://www.healthalternatives2000.com/nut-seed-nutrition-chart.html
  • http://www.bewellbuzz.com/nutrition/beer-benefits/
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