Contrary to what you might expect, moderate beer consumption is actually good for you. Dozens of studies have shown that beer can bring many surprising health benefits even though it’s usually perceived as unhealthy.
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The lifestyle blog Lifehack.org has listed the most remarkable and surprising beer benefits that might change your perception of the drink, divany.hu reported.
1. It can help reduce the risk of heart disease
A study involving 200,000 subjects found that people who drank a pint of beer daily had a 31% reduced chance of heart disease. However, before we stop to drink the second pint of beer today, it is important to note that the study also revealed that the risk of heart disease increased in people who consumed higher amounts of beer. The heart-protecting power of moderate beer consumption stems largely from beer’s natural antioxidants called phenols.
2. It can help protect against Alzheimer’s disease
Perhaps one of the most remarkable health benefits of beer is its ability to protect against Alzheimer’s. Researchers at Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine analysed several studies and came to the conclusion that the risk of developing different forms of dementia and cognitive impairment such as Alzheimer’s has fallen by 23% among moderate beer drinkers. This is due to the silicon content in beer which is thought to protect the brain from the harmful effects of high amounts of aluminium in the body, which is known to be one of the possible causes of Alzheimer’s disease.
3. It can help lower the risk of diabetes
A 2011 Harvard study showed that those who drank one to two beers daily had a 25% reduction in the risk of developing diabetes. This another remarkable benefit of moderate beer consumption is due to the alcohol content in beer which increases insulin sensitivity, thus helping prevent type 2 diabetes. Moreover, beer is a good source of soluble fibre that plays an important role in the healthy diet of people suffering from diabetes.
4. It can help prevent kidney stones
Moderate daily consumption of beer may also reduce the risk of developing kidney stones by 40%. This health benefit is attributed to beer’s high water content (about 95%) that helps keep the kidneys working properly.
5. It can help minimize risk of cancer
Beer contains an important antioxidant called xanthohumol, which is believed to have powerful anti-cancer properties. Naturally, it is also true that only moderate beer consumption helps prevent a certain chemical reaction that can lead to prostate cancer in men, and breast cancer in women.
6. It can help reduce cholesterol levels
If you like barely beer, moderate beer consumption may be a method of cutting your cholesterol level. The barley used in brewing of beer contains a type of soluble fibre known as beta-glucans that has been shown to help in lowering cholesterol levels.
7. It can help manage blood pressure
You may also be interested to know that beer can help manage blood pressure. According to the already mentioned Harvard study, women and men aged 25 to 40 who drank beer moderately were significantly less likely to develop high blood pressure as compared to others who prefer wine or other alcoholic beverages.
8. It can help strengthen bones
One study conducted that beer contains decent levels of silicon, which is an element linked with bone health. Individuals who drank one or two glasses of beer daily had higher bone density, and thus were less prone to fractures than those who did not enjoy a glass of beer or wine. However, the study also found that consuming more than two drinks increased risk of bone fractures.
9. It can help cut down risk of strokes
Several studies have showed that people who drink moderate amounts of beer can cut their risk of strokes by 50 % as compared to teetotallers. One study explains that moderate amounts of beer daily helps prevent blood clots that block blood flow to the heart and brain which is a leading cause of stroke. When you drink beer moderately, your arteries become flexible and blood flow improves significantly.
+1. It can help treat dandruff
Another interesting fact about beer is that it is considered one of the best natural treatments for dandruff. This particular health benefit of beer is attributed to its high yeast and vitamin B content levels. Rinsing your hair with a bottle of beer two to three times a week can help get rid of dandruff and make your hair extra soft and shiny.
Remember that the key to enjoy the benefits of beer is moderate consumption. Over- consumption of beer and other alcoholic beverages can have disastrous consequences on your health.
based on the article of divany.hu
translated by Gábor Hajnal
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