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6 Health Benefits of Drinking Beer

6 Health Benefits of Drinking Beer

Editorís note:†This post is a Care2 favorite, back by popular demand. It was originally posted on March 16, 2013. Enjoy!

St. Patrick’s Day is right around the corner. If you are still eating healthy from your New Year’s resolution this year, you might be glad to find that drinking beer has many surprising health benefits. So, go ahead and enjoy that green beer, because it might just be doing you some good! Remember, though, to always drink in moderation, and be sure to get a designated driver to get home safely.

Reduces Risk of Heart Disease

All alcohol, whether it is beer, wine, or liquor, is known to help reduce heart disease. According to a 2008 article in the Journal of the American Dietetic Association, moderate consumption of alcohol makes blood less sticky, and so it is less likely to clot. Alcohol can also increase good cholesterol and lower the bad, as well as lower your blood pressure. A Harvard study of 70,000 women found that those who consumed beer had a lower blood pressure than those who consumed wine or hard alcohol.

Helps the Kidneys

Alcohol gets a bad wrap for being hard on your kidneys, but beer can actually help in that department. According to the 2011 ADA Times, beer can actually reduce your risk of kidney stones. The hops not only help slow the release of calcium from the bones — too much calcium can cause kidney stones — but beer also has a high water content, which helps clear out those kidneys.

Packed with Nutrition

Beer is a surprising source of many nutrients. One 12-ounce beer has around one gram of fiber. It is also packed with B vitamins like niacin, pantothenic acid,†folate, riboflavin, and vitamins B6 and B12. It is also rich in†silicon, a nutrient that is said to help strengthen bones.

Reduces Risk of Diabetes

In 2011, Harvard did a study of 38,000 middle-aged men which showed that, when they upped their intake of beer to two a day, they dropped their risk of developing type 2 diabetes by 25 percent. There was, however, no noted benefit from drinking more than two beers a day.

Reduces Risk of Cancer

Just putting your meat in a marinade of beer can eliminate almost 70 percent of carcinogens from the meat, a Portuguese study found. That might not transfer to drinking the beer, but who doesn’t love a good beer marinade? If you do just drink it, though, it does contain loads of helpful antioxidants that can keep you healthy.

Increases Brain Health

Researchers think that a few beers a day can also stave off Alzheimer’s and can reduce your risk of stroke. In 2005, a study was done of 11,000 older women, and those who had one beer a day had better mental function than those who didn’t. In fact, they decreased their risk of mental decline by as much as 20 percent. The Harvard School of Public Health also did a study that showed that a few beers a day might reduce the risk of stroke by thinning the blood and preventing blood clots from traveling to the brain.

Now that St. Patrick’s Day has passed, here are some tips on how to use up that leftover beer.

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4:22PM PDT on Mar 18, 2015

Moderation is the key. Getting drunk does not help your body or your brain. Also, try to find organic brews, or at least something from a smaller brewery. Most big American beers are terrible.

9:15AM PDT on Mar 18, 2015

I like beer, I don't drink a lot of it but I love this information. It may or may not be true, but I intend to repeat it and use it, since it does support my prejudices.

12:08AM PDT on Mar 17, 2015

thanks

4:32PM PST on Feb 28, 2015

Thanks.

1:02PM PST on Feb 28, 2015

noted

12:33PM PST on Feb 28, 2015

thanks

11:09AM PST on Feb 28, 2015

Thanks

9:15AM PST on Feb 28, 2015

I'll drink to that! :-D

6:26AM PST on Feb 28, 2015

As healthy as you may make it sound, I can't stand the taste or smell of any beers-- they make me gag, even at the smell. >.

4:48AM PST on Feb 28, 2015

Nothing new really but thanks anyway. I rarely have a beer apart from on holiday but sure wine has a lot of the same health benefits in moderation.

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