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5 Surprising Health Benefits of Beer

5 Surprising Health Benefits of Beer

Itís no secret that St. Patrickís Day is a beer loverís favorite holiday. What might be a secret is that beer actually has some health benefits. Thatís not to say that if drinking one beer is good, drinking a whole 12-pack is better.

Keep in mind that old saying ďeverything in moderation.Ē If you donít, then drinking too much will have the opposite effect on your heart, your liver, your bones, and completely erase any benefits you might gain.

So what is considered a moderate amount of beer? Experts say that for men it’s two, 12-ounce beers a day; for women one, 12-ounce beer a day.

So as long as you donít over-imbibe, here are some ways that beer is actually good for you.

Beer contains natural antioxidants and vitamins, and dark beers, that go through very a high temperature roasting process contain more of these than lighter brews.† And, if you drink a dark beer that contains fruits with even more antioxidants in them,† you can boost this benefit even more.

Beer is a great way to keep hydrated since it is over 90 percent water. And, a recent study from Finland indicates that beer can help prevent kidney stones. This is likely due to beer’s high water content and ability to prevent dehydration. There is also evidence that the hops in beer may prevent kidney stones by slowing bone’s release of calcium, a main contributor to kidney stones.

The soluble fiber in beer can help lower the risk of heart disease. Like other fiber-rich foods like oats or barley, it can help lower the “bad” LDL cholesterol levels.

Beer can help strengthen your bones. Beer is rich in the element silicon, which has been linked to better bone density.

As I wrote a few weeks ago, itís a good idea to drink local brews to support the local community and the environment. But, micro brews also provide you with more health benefits because they typically contain more hops than other beers. There are polyphenols in hops, which help kill viruses, lower cholesterol and fight cancer.

Related:
6 Reasons to Drink Local Beer

 

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Judi Gerber

Judi Gerber is a University of California Master Gardener with a certificate in Horticultural Therapy. She writes about sustainable farming, local foods, and organic gardening for multiple magazines. Her book Farming in Torrance and the South Bay was released in September 2008.

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10:52PM PST on Jan 9, 2014

Amazing work pals, I really enjoy reading your interesting blogs.

Custom Beer Mugs

4:27AM PDT on Oct 29, 2013

Everything in moderation...a little of what you fancy does you no harm.

5:26AM PDT on Oct 15, 2013

Know when to stop

9:02PM PDT on Oct 13, 2013

I don't drink much beer thru out the year, not even playing out. But, on St. Patty's, I become a jolly good fellow.

7:50AM PDT on Oct 8, 2013

I love beer. I find it dehydrating though, maybe because I always drink way more than one.

12:08AM PDT on Oct 1, 2013

Beer and beer for ever.
Helga said it right :)

12:03AM PDT on Oct 1, 2013

noted

2:02PM PDT on Sep 30, 2013

The only way I like beer is in beer battered fish...love it.

5:49PM PDT on Sep 11, 2013

I've always loved beer. But then-I'm German. In Austria,when you sit down in a restaurant ,the first thing a waiter or waitress asks as she hands you the menu,is ,Large or small? It's assumed you will have beer with lunch and wine with dinner.The town I was born in was incorporated in 1010.It has 2 breweries. My favorite is 400 years old.I very much doubt they use fish bladders. Unlike the U.S.,they don't cater to people who want to try various beers. If you are in Lower Austria,you will get 3-4 choices of what's available locally. One restaurant might stock your favorite beer because it's his favorite and he drives the 100k to pick up a few cases now and then.All wines and beers in Europe are excellent.We stopped at a gas station once in Italy and picked up 2 cases of ordinary red for $1 a bottle and had it shipped home.It was great.But then,the tables are already set with a bottle of red before you sit down. Europe is so civilized.
Now it all makes sense.It's all the junk in every bite of food we buy and cook with that has slowly ruined taste ,enjoyment and trust.

1:51PM PDT on Sep 10, 2013

I did not know these. Wow!

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