Believe it or not, some would go as far to say that drinking a beer is more than harmless — some studies have shown that beer is actually good for you. Could it be true?
What would you say if we told you that having a couple of cold ones could help boost your memory? Or, what if drinking a few beers a week could give you stronger bones? There’s tons of benefits that come with drinking beer, and though you may be in disbelief — we have the facts to prove it’s all true.
Get ready to celebrate National Drink a Beer Day and head to your favorite craft brewery — we’ve compiled a couple of reasons why drinking beer is actually good for you.
According to The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAA), studies have linked to a 20 to 40 percent decrease in coronary artery disease in moderate beer drinkers. Take this study with a grain of salt and note that we said moderate drinkers — you can raise a glass to a healthier heart, just don’t raise ten.
Bottomlinehealth refers to a recent study conducted about beverages of all kinds, and how drinking alcohol can reduce kidney stones. Luckily, the decrease in kidney stones among white wine and beer drinkers were at 33 and 41 percent, with beer coming out at the top of the list. We can’t guarantee that grabbing a couple of cold-ones will keep you stone-free, but we can reassure you that beer is on the list of risk reducers.
All of the antioxidant compounds in hops (and beer in general) have the ability to protect your brain cells from oxidation, the loss of electrons. This has been linked to preventing Alzheimer’s. Keep in mind, if you have one to many — you may forget more than you remember! Always look for balance when you drink.
Everybody knows there’s hops in beer, but do you actually know what it is? The hops used in beer brewing is the flower of the hop plant — a member of the hemp family. This bitter herb contains a prenylated nutrient called xanthohumol — a helpful ingredient that can assist with the anti-inflammatory and anti-infection aspects of the healing process. Order another round and cheers to health!
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CNN recently reported that the hops in beer contains some of the same helpful nutrients found in red wine, dark chocolate, and blueberries. What do all of these random foods and drinks have in common? Oodles of fiber and high density lipoprotein (HDL), of course! In case you don’t know what HDL is, it’s considered to be the “good cholesterol” we should incorporate into our everyday diets.
Raise a glass, the rumors are true! Harvard Health Publications states that (in regards to alcohol), red wine is a doctor’s first recommendation to lessen your chances of a stroke, and beer is a close second. Keep in mind that a standard serving size of one beer is 12 ounces, and to use beer to its full advantage, you have to drink it in moderation.