110-Year-Old Man: Beer’s Health Benefits The Secret To Long Life, But Is Mark Behrends Right?

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Nov. 3 2016, Updated 5:50 p.m. ET

According to a 110-year-old man, beer is the secret to long life, and it is claimed that Mark Behrends would drink at least one can a day for many a year. But could beer’s health benefits really help someone live longer?

In a related report by the Inquisitr, bottles of 170-year-old beer and champagne were preserved underwater in a sunken ship discovered off the coast of Finland, and scientists were able to recreate the flavors of the old beer to see what they tasted like. Going even further back in time, an ancient Egyptian brewery found in Tel Aviv, Israel gave us a hunt at what Egypt’s beer would have been like way back in the day.

Mark Behrends’ daughter, Lois Bassinger, is the one who spilled the 110-year-old-man’s beer secret.

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“He always told everybody the reason he has lived so long is drinking one can of beer, every day at 3 p.m., (joking) that that was his medicine since he takes very little medicine,” she explained, adding that her father preferred the Miller brands.

Obviously, beer’s health benefits are probably only seen when taken in moderation. A beer can a day may keep the doctor away, but it goes without saying what happens if you overdo your medicine in this case. Being drunk is not the only issue since a single can could hold hundreds of calories, so drinking too many would only add to your weight, which obviously is not good for a long, healthy life. In this case, the 110-year-old man’s beer intake was limited to one can, so that could be considered a form of portion control.

Yes, that is definitely reaching when it comes to expounding on beer’s health benefits, but there really are scientific studies which prove it. According to the Mayo Clinic, the “moderate” consumption of alcohol reduces risk of dying of a heart attack and possibly reduces risk of strokes. In addition, the Mayo clinic defines “moderate” as being 12 ounces (one bottle) per day for women, and 24 ounces (two bottles) per day for men.

That’s just the beginning. Drinking beer is linked to a reduced risk of gallstones, a 30 percent lower risk of type-2 diabetes, and even helps with hip-bone density (keep in mind that heavy drinking had the opposite effect on the bones). Senior citizens should also take note since a 2007 study at the University of Alcala in Spain claims that two beers a day could help prevent Alzheimer’s disease, since it is believed a high intake of silicon contained within beer limits aluminum absorption in the brain.

All we can say now is let’s raise a mug to this 110-year-old man’s beer advice!

[Image via Men’s Health]

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