How Beer Can Benefit Your Health!
Most people really don’t need an excuse to enjoy their favorite beer. Beer is just as much a part of American culture as it is in Germany and many other European nations. And while it complements a great meal, is a mainstay at many sporting events and is easily enjoyed on it its own (for no reason at all), it turns out that beer can also be good for your health!
As we often think of beer as an indulgence – the benefits of beer may go far beyond helping you wind down after a stressful week. According to NBC News.com, “Beer could safeguard your heart, boost your immunity, protect your bones, and more.” So while we are not suggesting that you go out and start drinking a case of beer to boost your health; in moderation, beer can have some health benefits. Following are some scientifically backed health benefits (compiled by researchers throughout the world) that support the moderate drinking of beer.
Beer Can Protect Your Heart
Italian researchers found that moderate beer drinkers had a 42 percent lower risk of heart disease compared to non-drinkers. For maximum protection, keep your consumption to one pint (around 5 percent alcohol by volume) per day.
It May Reduce Inflammation
Inflammation in the body is the underlying cause behind many diseases and according to a study published in Molecular Nutrition & Food Research, hops (an essential ingredient in beer) have anti-inflammatory properties. The researchers compared the anti-inflammatory effect of different hops and found that the consumption of hops in beer form interfered with inflammation causing compounds.
It May Build Stronger Bones
A review published in the International Journal of Endocrinology found that moderate beer consumption leads to increased bone density in men. No, it’s not the buzz that’s helping those bones grow: it’s the silicon found in your pint, which is an essential mineral for bone formation.
It May Lower Your Risk of Diabetes
A new study published in the journal of the European Association for the Study of Diabetes found that people who drink three to four times per week were less likely to develop diabetes than those who never drink. And when compared to those who didn’t drink beer, men who enjoyed between one and six beers per week had a 21 percent lower risk of diabetes.
It May Prevent Kidney Stones
Researchers in Finland found that each bottle of beer a man drinks daily lowers his risk of developing kidney stones by about 40 percent.
It May Lower Your Blood Pressure
High blood pressure can be responsible for a range of health problems, but research suggests that beer can lower your risk for hypertension. In one study, Harvard researchers found that moderate beer drinkers are less likely to develop high blood pressure than those who sip wine or cocktails.
Another interesting fact is that drinking beer tends to be done as a group activity, which may play a role in its health benefits as well – since science shows having an active social life is linked to a longer lifespan.
While the health benefits may be an added bonus – stop into Bierhaus in Patchogue to enjoy any of their delicious beers on tap! Your body (and your mind) just may thank you.