Healthy Benefits of Beer
2012 Health Benefits of Beer
Healthy Benefits of Beer
Millions of people make resolutions at the beginning of each year. One of the most common is to eat healthy. If you are still eating healthy but are worried as to what to do over the holidays, then you will be surprised and possibly happy to hear that beer has several health benefits. So as you go out for your daily pint, be sure to enjoy yourself since it may really be good for you.
Contrary to popular belief, one of the healthy benefits of beer has to do with decreased risk of heart disease. Whether you are drinking beer or just sipping wine, research shows that all types of alcohol can help reduce risk of heart disease depending on the amount of alcohol you are consuming per day. Moderate consumption of alcohol dilates the blood vessels and makes the blood less sticky. This has the effect of making the blood less likely to clot. Moreover, moderate consumption of beer was found to increase good cholesterol levels while decreasing the bad cholesterol levels in the body. Moderate consumption of beer was also linked to lower blood pressure in individuals with high blood pressure problems. A study carried out on 70,000 women found that women who drank beer in moderate amounts had lower blood pressure than those who drank moderate amounts of wine or hard alcohol.
Alcohol has always been linked to kidney problems but research shows that beer can actually help the kidneys. Studies have found that moderate consumption of beer can actually decrease the risk of kidney stones. This is linked to the hops used in the brewing of beer as well as the high water content present in the beer. The hops slow the release of calcium from the body while the water helps flush out all the toxins from the kidneys, thus, keeping the kidneys clear.
Surprising healthy benefits of beer revolve around the nutrition to be gained from drinking beer. It is largely believed that beer is full of empty calories while research on the same has found that beer is actually packed with nutrition. A 12-ounce glass of beer was found to have approximately one gram of fiber as well as high concentrations of vitamins and minerals including niacin, folate, riboflavin, silicon and vitamins B6 and B12. As such, moderation, consumption of beer may help strengthen one’s bones.
Other healthy benefits of beer include reduced risk of diabetes as well as reduced risk of cancer. Studies on middle-aged men found that individuals who consumed beer in moderate amounts lowered their risk of developing type 2 diabetes by 25%. Moreover, it was found that marinades made from beer can help reduce the concentration of carcinogens present in your meats by more than 70%.
Though the above facts sound too good to be true to beer lovers, they are all true. However, you will note that all of the healthy benefits of beer came with ‘moderate consumption’. This means no more than two pints a day. If you drink more than that the benefits can quickly start taking on a negative effect on the body.