Don’t let all that talk about beer being bad for you get you down, here are five interesting facts about how beer is actually good for you! So sit down, put on some music, open a beer & relax!
1. Beer is more nutritious than other alcoholic drinks
We hear a lot about the abundance of antioxidants in wine, but beer has just as many. The specific antioxidants are different because the flavonoids in barley and hops are different from those in grapes, but antioxidants are a good thing! Beer is also higher than wine in protein and vitamin B. Even better, beer contains iron, calcium, phosphates and even fiber.
2. Beer strengthens your bones
Due to its high silicon content, beer may help to build stronger bones. Dietary silicon in the soluble form of orthosilicic acid (OSA) may be important for the growth and development of bone and connective tissue and help reduce the risk of osteoporosis, a bone-thinning disease.
3. Beer lowers bad cholesterol
The soluble fiber in beer can help reduce your LDL or “bad” cholesterol. Increasing your intake of soluble fiber has numerous health benefits, including the promotion of healthy blood-sugar and blood-cholesterol levels. However, because alcohol interferes with the body’s ability to absorb vitamins and minerals, it can also lessen the body’s ability to burn stored fat.
4. Beer helps prevent kidney stones
Drinking beer keeps your kidneys healthy and could help reduce your risk of developing kidney stones. According to a recent study, men and women who reported drinking a moderate amount* of beer reduced their risk of developing a stone by 41 percent. Beers that contain a lot of hops -- for example, pale ales -- are rich in kidney health-promoting phytochemicals.
5. Reduce the risk of cancer
Controls prostate cancer - Beer consists of antioxidant named xanthohumol, having properties of preventing cancer. Known to reduce the prostate cancer in men by stopping a chemical reaction that is responsible for the problem. It also helps in minimizing the chances of breast cancer in women.
What you should know
* The benefits of moderate alcohol consumption have not been generally endorsed by physicians for fear that heavy consumers may consider any message as a permissive license to drink in excess. Talk to your doctor about your personal health history and individual consumption patterns.
* Heavy drinking is linked to cirrhosis, fetal alcohol syndrome, hypertension, malnutrition and pancreatitis. It also increases cancer risks.