Beer is not your regular alcoholic drink. Some people actually call it a health drink. That shouldn’t be any sort of inducement to get drunk every night, but beer is actually great for your health, if you do it right. Here are 15 reasons as to why we believe that strongly.
- Keeps Away Cancer
Xanthohumol, a flavonoid present in hops is said to inhibit certain cancers, including prostate cancer. It’s found in very low quantities in cheap, throwaway beer so pay for the good stuff.
- Reduces Your Risk Of Heart Disease
Beer has an anti-inflammatory effect that prevents build up of coronary heart diseases that lead to heart attacks. Too much beer can cause severe obesity, another leading cause for heart attacks, so be moderate.
- Reduces Your Chance Of Getting Kidney Stones
Apparently, beer prevents calcium and other minerals from forming deposits in your kidneys. Research indicates that drinking one bottle of quality beer a day reduces risk of kidney stones by 40 percent.
- Reduces Your Chance Of Blocked Arteries
Beer increases your “good” cholesterol (HDL), thereby reducing and preventing artery blockage. Blocked arteries are a leading cause of coronary heart disease.
- Increases Your Vitamin B Levels
It’s been shown that beer drinkers have 30% higher levels of Vitamin B6. B6 can prevent build-up of homocysteine, a chemical known to cause heart disease.
- Keeps You Slim
Compare beer, glass for glass, to milk, orange juice or wine, being the other beneficial form of alcohol. Beer contains fewer calories, 180 cals to a pint, while just a glass of wine contains 160 cals. Stick to a pint a day and you will gain health benefits and lose weight besides.
- Rehydrates Quickly
The carbon-dioxide bubbles in beer quench thirst faster than water, while the sugars and salt hydrate quickly and increase your body’s water absorption. The carbohydrates give you energy while you exercise.
- Builds New Muscle Tissue
Beer is rich in niacin (B3), riboflavin (B2), pyroxidine (B6), cobalamin (B12) and folate (B9), minerals necessary to build new muscle. A pint a day can give you 10% of your daily B vitamin group needs and increase your energy too.
- Builds Strong Bones
Silica is a mineral found liberally in barley husks, which are used to make beer. Silica is vital for the production of strong connective tissues in hair, nails, skin and bones. Beer inhibits bone loss due to the presence of ethanol, and the silica increases your bone density and prevents osteoporosis.
- Keeps You Regular
Beer is rich in fiber, which is what your body needs to maintain regularity. A single pint of beer contains ten to 30 percent of your daily intake of soluble fiber. This fiber breaks down to form prebiotics in your intestine, promoting the growth of healthy bacteria. This promotes appetite and better bowel function.
- Prevents Ulcers
Beer is mildly antibacterial in nature owing to its alcohol and hop content. If you drink beer regularly, you can prevent the growth of harmful bacteria called helicobacter pylori, which causes stomach ulcers. The hop content in your beer helps secrete gastric juices that help with digestion.
- Fights Ageing
Beer increases your body’s ability to fight aging and infections by increasing antioxidant levels. Researches actually recommend non-alcoholic beer for nursing mothers to increase the level of antioxidants they pass to their babies through breast milk. Beer contains 150mg of polyphenols (antioxidants) per liter.
- Staves Off Alzheimer’s
Regular consumption of good quality beer has been shown to prevent Alzheimer’s. Beer can slow down the progress of Alzheimer’s in affected patients too. Beer has the same effect on other forms of dementia as well.
- Gives Your Mind A Boost
Beer is credited with stimulating the mind, removing sluggishness and improving cognitive function. A pint of beer a day can keep you more alert than coffee can, without all the negative effects of caffeine.
- Prevents Weakness and Anemia
Dark beer contains a high percentage of iron content. Iron increases hemoglobin levels in the blood, keeping weakness and anemia at bay. The iron helps with transport of oxygen and facilitates many other bodily functions.