Who knew beer could come with health benefits?
You have probably lost the number of times your favorite beer turned your bad day into a good one. Looks like beer can turn around not just your weary soul but also do some good for your body. Of course, the first thing that comes to mind when you think of the consequences of beer drinking on your body is a beer-ponch. But looks like a bunch of experts (who were clearly beer lovers) decided to do some objective research and figure out if there could be any benefits at all. Looks like moderate drinking of beer can do your body a world of good.
Are you wondering just how much is "moderate"? According to the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, that would be one drink a day for women and two drinks a day for men. Excessively drinking can not just reverse the benefits but also cause significant damage to your body.
1. It may reduce your risk of diabetes.
A study that compared alcohol drinking frequency and the risk of diabetes, which was published in the journal of the European Association for the Study of Diabetes, found on SpringerLink concluded that people who drink alcohol 3–4 times a week have the lowest risk of diabetes. When it comes to beer, the study found that men who drink between one to six beers a week had their risk of diabetes lowered by 21 percent, according to NBC News.
2. It may keep your heart healthy.
Make more space in your heart for the love of beer because it could contribute to keeping your heart healthy. NIH-funded research that studied 80,000 people found that moderate drinkers had the slowest decline of HDL (High-Density Lipoprotein), which is the level of good cholesterol in your body. This can help in lowering your risk of developing cardiovascular diseases. According to Penn State News, this benefit can be found in men when they drink 12–24 ounces per day, whereas the same can be found when women drink 6 - 12.
3. It may lower your risk of dementia.
Along with your heart, your brain may also benefit from sipping on your favorite pint. A study by the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) found that light to moderate intake of alcohol during the middle to late years of adulthood could be linked to a decreased risk of dementia.
4. It may lower your risk of Alzheimer's.
Analyzing data from over 365,000 who were part of 143 studies, a team at Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine found that moderate drinkers were 23 percent less likely to develop Alzheimer's disease as well as other forms of "cognitive impairment," as reported by U.S. News & World Report. Here, moderate drinking was defined as a maximum of one drink a day for women and two drinks a day for men. "We don't recommend that nondrinkers start drinking. But moderate drinking—if it is truly moderate—can be beneficial," the study's co-author, Edward J. Neafsey, a professor in the department of molecular pharmacology and therapeutics, said in a Loyola University Medical Center news release.
5. It may make your bones stronger.
Drinking beer in moderate amounts is also associated with increased bone mineral density, as pointed out by a study published in the International Journal of Endocrinology, found on the NCBI. This result was found in men and postmenopausal women and only when the alcohol was beer and wine.
6. It may help lower inflammation.
Apparently, beer doesn't just cause hilarious bar fights, but can also help your body fight diseases. A study published in Molecular Nutrition & Food Research and found on Wiley Online Library studied the benefits of Hop, a much-needed ingredient used in the making of beer. Hop has anti-inflammatory properties; according to NBC News, the study found that the intake of hops through beer became a hindrance to compounds that cause inflammation in your body, which is great because inflammation can lead to a host of ailments.
7. It may lower your risk of kidney stones.
The bean-shaped organs in your body can benefit from some beer. Another study published on American Journal of Epidemiology and found on NCBI reports that drinking beer was inversely associated with the risk of kidney stones. According to the study, every bottle of beer that you consume per day can roughly reduce your risk of kidney stone by 40 percent.
8. It may reduce your risk of cataracts.
They say carrots are good for your eyes but hey, beer is a lot more fun to consume. But, of course, too much of it could give you a double vision and not in a good way. Some beers, particularly the darker ones have more antioxidants than lighter lagers. Candian researchers, John Trevithick, Ph.D., and Maurice Hirst, Ph.D., of the University of Western Ontario from the University of Western Ontario along with Joe Vinson, Ph.D., of the University of Scranton in Pennsylvania say that antioxidants in beer can help in reducing cataracts especially in those who have diabetes, according to Bio-Medicine.
Disclaimer : This article is for informational purposes only and is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.