Surprising health benefits of drinking beer

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You might be getting more nutrients from your favorite alcoholic beverage than you think. The ingredients in beer include yeast, cereals and water, hops, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants.

Research has shown that moderate beer consumption is very beneficial to your health; it reduces risk of diabetes, improves psychological and cognitive well-being, reduces the risk of heart diseases and strengthens your bones.

 15 Fun facts about beer

  • At any given time, 0.7% of the world is drunk. So 50 million people are drunk at the moment
  • Cenosillicaphobia is the fear of an empty beer glass
  • The world’s longest hangover lasted 4 weeks after a Scotsman consumed 60 pints of beer
  • The strongest beer in the world has 67.5 alcohol content
  • Slugs like alcohol
  • Beer was not considered an alcoholic beverage in Russia till 2013
  • Until the 1970’s in Belgium, table beer were served in school refectories
  • At the wife carrying world championships in Finland, first prize is the wife’s weight in beer
  • There’s a beer brewed from banana in Africa
  • The Wat Pa Maha Chedi Kaew temple in Thailand was constructed with one million bottles of Heineken and a local beer
  • More Guinness beer is drunk in Nigeria than in Ireland
  • In 1963, Albert Heineken created a beer bottle that could be also be used as a brick to building sustainable housing in impoverished countries.

Here are some reasons you shouldn’t feel bad when you crack open your cold  favorite alcoholic beverage on a very stressful day

  • Beer protects the heart

Studies suggest that moderate consumption of beer could reduce the risk of heart  attacks, strokes and coronary heart disease. This is because beer has a thinning effect on blood and reduces the chances of forming a clot which can cause a blockage in the coronary artery. It also reduces the risk of inflammation which has a potential to cause atherosclerosis.

Research has shown that dark ales and stouts are especially effective in reducing your risk of heart disease.

  • Beer contains nutrients

Beer may appear to be filled with nothing but empty calories, but it actually does contain a host of nutrients that can support your overall health.

Beer is 90 percent water and  consists of soluble fiber, abundance of antioxidants, small amounts of calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, zinc, copper, manganese, selenium, fluoride and silicon. Beer is higher than wine in vitamin B and protein.  The nutrient composition depends on the ingredients in the beer.

  • Beer strengthens bones

Beer contains high dietary silicon content, which is important for the health and development of your bone and connective tissues and help reduce the chances of osteoporosis, a bone-thinning disease. Studies have shown that moderate beer drinkers are 38 percent less likely to have osteoporosis than non drinkers, while another study showed that moderate drinkers had a 20 percent lower risk of hip fractures than nom-drinkers. Speculations are that the beer’s dietary silicon might be responsible for some of these bone-protecting effects.

  • Beer improves cholesterol levels

The soluble fiber in beer can help reduce the bad cholesterol and plaque buildup in your arteries. It can lead to higher levels of high density lipoprotein in your body. That means, increasing your intake of soluble fiber has a lot of numerous health benefits, including the promotion of healthy blood-sugar and blood cholesterol levels. However, because alcohol usually interferes with your body’s ability to absorb vitamins and minerals, it also lessens the body’s ability to burn stored fat.

  • Beer is full of fiber

The average liter of beer contains about 20 percent of the recommended daily dosage of fiber, while a quality rich beer can contain up to 60 percent of your daily fiber intake. This helps your bowel function better, also helps prevent kidney stones from forming by avoiding the formation of calcium deposits in there

  • Beer helps prevent kidney stones

Drinking beer keeps your kidneys healthy and could help reduce your risk of developing kidney stones.  A recent study has shown that  men and women who reported drinking a moderate amount of beer reduced their risk of developing a stone by 41 percent. Beers that contain a lot of hops — for example, pale ales — are rich in kidney health-promoting phytochemicals. Also, beers are actually 90 percent water which is very important in defending painful kidney stones.

  • Beer reduces the risk of stroke

Blood flows significantly after drinking alcohol, including beer. This is because of its ability to thin the blood and prevent small clots that can block arteries in the heart, neck and brain. This reduces your risk of stroke from 25 to 40 pwrcent

  • Beer boosts cognitive and psychological health

Some Parkinson’s disease research suggests that light to moderate drinking in middle to late life is associated with less cognitive decline than not drinking or heavy drinking. The reasons behind this correlation are not well understood. Drinking beer in moderation also has psychological benefits. Studies have found it can help reduce stress and tension, and increase feelings of well-being.

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