The Unexpected Benefits of Beer

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You read that right, beer does have health benefits. As long as you drink this popular alcoholic beverage in reasonable amounts, you will reap the following benefits:

Packed with Fiber

That’s right, beer is one of the few drinks that contain fiber. Beer is derived from fermented malted barley and wheat. These are whole grains packed with fiber. The end result of fermentation is a fiber-rich (alcoholic) beverage.  Fiber binds with fat and acts as a natural laxative. It protects from cardiovascular disease and even promotes weight loss. In addition, fiber also makes you feel fuller for longer. This prevents over-eating.

Relieves Stress

Nothing like a tall glass of ice cold beer after a particularly brutal day at work, eh? If you drink beer to relieve stress, science can back you up. Moderate alcohol consumption (up to 12 ounces per day for women and 24 ounces per day for men) helps alleviate stress and anxiety. Stress and anxiety are two of the major causes of heart disease. Researchers from Mayo Clinic found that alcohol minimizes the risk of dying of a heart attack. It may also cut the risk of strokes.

Cuts the Risk of Type-2 Diabetes

Beer also works to minimize the chances of developing type-2 diabetes. Studies show that beer drinkers are 30% less likely to develop type-2 diabetes compared to non-beer drinkers. Researchers found that hops contain compounds called humulones. These compounds inhibit the formation of diabetes in beer-drinkers. Hops give beer its bitter aftertaste.

In a separate study, aging patients were able to reap the same health benefits of a glass of red wine by swapping it with a glass of beer.

Protects from Inflammation and Infections

Drinking beer could prevent bacterial infections. Hops, which is a major ingredient in brewing beer, are bitter flowers with powerful antimicrobial and antiviral properties. Consuming a reasonable amount of beer per day could reduce infectious diseases, including common colds and flu. The compounds in hops also protect from inflammation.

Keeps the Muscle Strong

Just drinking a bottle of beer every day could prevent bone loss. A study by researchers at Tufts University uncovered the link between hip-bone density and beer consumption. However, drinking too much beer could offset its benefits, according to the same study. In order to maximize its positive effects to the bones, drink moderately.

Beer is also rich in silicon. This mineral helps keep the bones healthy too. It could also protect from Alzheimer’s disease. A diet rich in silicon could limit the aluminum absorption in the brain. This keeps the brain alert and active, preventing mental degradation.

Loaded with Essential Nutrients

Dark beer contains antioxidants and vitamins. Antioxidants protect from oxidative stress. Health experts believe oxidative stress is the culprit behind aging and incurable diseases like cancer and diabetes. The same nutrients also keep the muscles strong and pliant. The vitamins in beer prevent bones and muscle deterioration.

Reduces the Risk of Heart Diseases

Beer is rich in soluble fiber. Drinking moderate amounts of beer regularly lowers bad cholesterol in the body. This leads to healthy heart and arteries.

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