Science Says Beer Is Good For You. Cheers!

August 29, 2017

This is from NBC:

1. Contributes to our daily nutrient intake: Beer is sometimes called "liquid bread" and not just because of the carbs and calories. Beer contains nutrients, including protein and B vitamins. Beer's antioxidant content is equal to wine, but the specific antioxidants are different because the barley and hops used contain flavonoids that are different from what's used in wine grapes.

2. May lower the risk for diabetes. A new study 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.

3. Might make your heart healthier. While wine is most closely associated with heart health, a new preliminary study presented at a recent American Heart Association conference found that drinkers had the slowest decline in high-density lipoprotein (HDL), or "good" cholesterol, levels. That put them at lower risk for cardiovascular diseases. Research also shows that of men who drink moderate amount of beer and have already suffered a heart attack were 42 percent less likely to die of heart disease.

4. May build stronger bones. Moderate beer consumption was recently found to lead to increased bone density in men. The silicon found in beer us an essential mineral for bone formation.

5. Cleans your teeth. Another study found that beer can keep bacteria from forming --and growing-- on your teeth. Beer extracts --even the weakest amounts-- block bacteria that causes tooth decay.

6.  May reduce inflammation. Recent nutritional research found that hops --an essential ingredient in beer-- has anti-inflammatory properties.