Contrary to what people may tell you, beer consumption actually has a number of health benefits to offer you. Research has shown that beer can be a source of many surprising health benefits even though it’s usually perceived as unhealthy. Here are some surprising beer benefits that might change your perception of the drink.
Disclaimer: Please drink responsibly. Also make sure you are not allergic to beer.
#1 Beer is heart healthy
Wine is not the only beverage that helps prevent cardiovascular diseases. Beer too is heart-healthy. Italian researchers have found that moderate beer drinkers have a reduced risk of heart disease compared to non-drinkers by almost 40%. This heart-protecting power of beer stems largely from beer’s natural antioxidants called phenols.
#2 Protects against Alzheimer’s
Beer contains silicon which protects the brain from harmful effects of the high amount of aluminum present in the body- one of the causes for Alzheimer’s. Researchers at Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine have found that moderate beer drinkers are at a lower risk of developing dementia and cognitive impairment as well as Alzheimer’s by almost 23%
#3 Curb cholesterol
Beer can help against bad types of cholesterol. The barley used in the brewing of beer contains a type of soluble that has been shown to help in lowering cholesterol levels.
#4 Beer cares for your eyes
Daily beer consumption increases antioxidant activity which can potentially stop cataract from forming in the eyes. The bad news, however, is that the scientists found an exactly opposite effect in participants who had three or more drinks a day.
#5 Stronger bones
Beer contains reasonably high levels of silicon which is linked with bone health. Beer consumption can actually strengthen your bones and improve bone density, reducing susceptibility to fractures especially in older people.
#6 Kidney Stones Growth
Researchers in Finland have found that each bottle of beer a man drinks daily lowers his risk of developing kidney stones by 40 percent. This health benefit is attributed to beer’s high water content of about 93% that helps flush harmful toxins out of the body and keep the kidneys working properly.
#7 Challenge those infections
Research has found that one or two beers a day can help strengthen your immune system and help fight infections.
#8 Lowers the risk of Diabetes
According to a study conducted at Harvard, those who drank a beer or two a day had a 25% lower risk of developing type 2 diabetes. The reason lies in the fact that beer increases insulin sensitivity thus helping prevent diabetes. Not only this, beer is also a good source of soluble fiber that usually plays a major role in the diet of people suffering from diabetes.
#9 Beer is rich in vitamins
Beer is also a generous source of vitamin B6 & B12. B 12 is an anti – anemic factor not found in many foods. A Dutch study found that beer drinkers had 30 percent higher levels of vitamin B6 than those who did not drink and twice as high as wine drinkers. Beer also contains other B vitamins – B1 & B2.
#10 Lower blood pressure
Research has suggested that beer can lower your risk for hypertension and high BP. A study at Harvard found that beer drinkers are less likely to develop high BP compared to those who sip wine or cocktails.
#11 The most common use of alcohol perhaps … Reducing stress
Researchers at the University of Montreal have found that one or two glasses of beer a day can help combat work-related stress or anxiety.
#12 Ladies! This one’s for you
Good, news for women! The beer has been found to make skin more beautiful. The vitamins present in beer can regenerate the skin making it smooth and supple. It is also shown to have a positive impact on pigmentation.
#13 Beer does not give you a beer belly
It is a common notion that beer drinkers are more obese than non-drinkers. A study by researchers at the University College of London in 2003 has refuted this very notion. They have found no connection between a number of beer people drank and the size of their overhang. Beer can also boost your metabolism and keep your body from absorbing fat.
#14 The life-extending liquid
Researchers have found that regular, moderate beer drinkers live longer and are 19 percent less likely to die young.
#15 Beer is all natural
Many contend that beer is loaded with additives and preservatives. The truth is quite the opposite. Beer happens to be as natural as is orange juice or milk, maybe even more so.
In fact, it doesn’t need preservatives because it has alcohol and hops, both of which are natural preservatives. Beer is only “processed” in the sense that it is fermented, filtered and then packaged.
#16 Beer loves your hair
It is considered one of the best natural treatments for dandruff. This is because of its high yeast and vitamin B content levels. Washing your hair with a bottle of beer, two to three times a week not only helps get rid of dandruff but also makes your hair extra soft and shiny.
#17 It can help cut down risk of strokes
People who drink beer have a 50% lower risk of stroke. The ingredients in beer are known to prevent blood clots that block blood flow to the heart, neck, and brain, which is the major cause of stroke.
#18 Cure for insomnia
Beer can also cure insomnia. It has been found to stimulate the production of dopamine, a compound that is prescribed to insomnia sufferers by a doctor. According to researchers at the Indiana University School of Medicine, simply tasting beer increases the amount of dopamine in the brain and this makes drinkers feel calmer and more relaxed.
Disclaimer: Please drink responsibly.