Of all the liquids we might drink, people generally don’t mention beer as being healthy for us. We are always reminded to remain hydrated with water, especially during hot weather. And a glass of red wine has been said to have some health benefits. But recent studies actually show 10 ways that beer is beneficial for us, according to METRO.
So, when you go out to a local eatery or pub, you can explain why drinking a brewski will better your life. The first of the 10 reasons researchers found is that beer can make people live longer. Researchers at the esteemed Virginia Tech found that regular, moderate beer drinkers were 19 percent less likely to die during a given time period than people who never touch a drop. The key is moderate, not excessive, drinking.
Unbelievably, beer was also found to make someone thinner. A new book entitled The Diet Myth by King’s College London Professor Tim Spector, claims that everything we know about losing weight is incorrect. The book claims that drinking Belgian beer is actually good for the bacteria in your gut. This can help aid digestion to be more efficient.
It’s also claimed that beer can help fight dreaded cancer. An ingredient called Xanthohumol, which is a flavonoid found in hops, is an antioxidant which inhibits cancer-causing enzymes.
Can beer keep the mind sharp? A study in the New England Journal of Medicine found the answer to be yes for women. It was found that women who had one alcoholic drink a day were less likely to find their mental faculties declining as they aged.
And the myth of beer giving someone a “beer belly” was also exposed in a study by UCL. In fact, the researchers stated the following, according to METRO.
“There is a common notion that beer drinkers are, on average, more ‘obese’ than either non-drinkers or drinkers of wine or spirits. The association between beer and obesity, if it exists, is probably weak.”
According to a study published in the Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology, people who drink a moderate amount of beer are 41 percent less likely to get kidney stones, according to The Unofficial Status Quo Message Board.
Beer is also less fattening with fewer calories than some other beverages we regularly drink, such as skimmed milk or orange juice. Guinness released statistics showing that its heavy, dark brew is lower in calories than either orange juice or skimmed milk.
Beers with hops can protect against Alzheimer’s disease. A recent study found that Xanthohumol, which is a a compound in the hops used to flavor beer, is able to protect the brain from degenerative disorders, such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases.
Even though we still should probably eat our veggies, beer is supposedly full of vitamins. Dr. Stephan Domenig, the medical director of the Mayr Health Centre in Austria, stated the following, according to METRO.
“If you analyzed beer, you would be amazed at how many super-nutrients there are in it.”
Beer also is supposed to make bones stronger. Of course, none for the kiddies. According to a study in the Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture, a glass or two a day could help make your bones stronger. It’s rich in dietary silicon, which is a key to building bone mineral density.
The 10 reasons that beer can be good for someone can give a person a reason to party–and even lift a mug of beer, in moderation, of course!
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