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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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4:37PM PST on Dec 26, 2014

Drink on . . . !

9:00PM PST on Dec 24, 2014

Thank you but it's bitter. I drink beer mix with 7up or Sprite.

5:18AM PDT on Sep 2, 2014

Way to go Care2, encouraging people to live healthily by imbibing booze at every opportunity.

3:47AM PDT on Jul 6, 2014

A bottle a day keeps the doctor away

3:55PM PDT on Mar 27, 2014

Beer is very helpful for avoiding high alcohol drink regularly, like whisky, liquor etc.

3:55PM PDT on Mar 27, 2014

Beer is very helpful for avoiding high alcohol drink regularly, like whisky, liquor etc.

10:50PM PST on Jan 9, 2014

Your blogs stuff is purely enough for me personally.

Josef Baumann

4:47AM PST on Jan 5, 2014

Very interesting. TY

12:34PM PST on Dec 24, 2013

I met my next door neighbor a little over 8 years ago. She drinks beer everyday. There isn't a day that goes by when she not without that beer can. She loves LaBatt's. That's her only habit. Instead of keeping the 'frig stocked, she likes to get out and drive. She says she can't function until she has had her beer. "Beer buzz early in the morning", Sheryl Crow. And in all of that time I've known her, I haven't seen this woman complain about any illness nor have I seen her sick. Even when her boyfriend got sick with pneumonia and she was constantly around him, she didn't get infected, but I did! Because there was a lull in my drinking. Her boyfriend died died 12 days ago on the 12 of December. Rest his soul. I have 6 more days of amoxicillin. I see my doctor for a follow-up on the 30th and after that I'm heading to Kroger's for 2 cases of beer, Budweiser and Miller's, and 1 case of Colt .45. and then to Rite-Aid to buy a gallon of whiskey for Tuesday night.

8:01AM PST on Dec 24, 2013

Drink 1 to 2 beers a day for your health.

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