According to Dr. Manny Alverez of Fox News, beer is good for you. Responding to a question from a reader, Dr. Alvarez points out the potential health benefits associated with drinking beer. In moderation of course.
Although lighter beers might be a consideration when counting calories, the dark beers actually contain a higher concentration of antioxidants and iron, which are both essential for good health. Alvarez also points out that beer from microbreweries can have a more positive health impact than mass-produced brands. The beers manufactured in microbreweries contain a higher concentration of hops. Hops are a good source of polyphenols, which have been shown to fight cancer, lower cholesterol, and kill certain viruses.
A recent study conducted by Sapporo Medical University in Japan concludes that beer is also good for fighting off the respiratory syncytial (RS) virus. RS has been known to cause severe pneumonia and bronchitis in children and cold like symptoms in adults. There is no current vaccination against the virus.
A chemical compound found in hops called humulone has been proven to guard against contracting the virus. Unfortunately, the concentration of humulone is so minute that the average person would need to drink about 30 12-ounce cans of beer. Researchers admit that this is not feasible and are working toward applying the compound to other consumable products that do not contain alcohol.
Some final words of wisdom from Dr.Manny Alverez:
“Just remember the golden rule: Everything in moderation. You don’t want to embarrass yourself in front of your friends by drinking too much, and you certainly don’t want to put yourself at risk for any long-term health effects like liver problems, kidney diseases and heart disease.”