Beer health benefits as with all alcohol, whether it is beer, wine, or liquor, is known to reduce heart disease. This of course would be drinking alcohol in moderation, if consumed in heavy amounts will not give the health benefits. Moderate consumption of alcohol does make the blood less sticky and less likely to clot. Alcohol can increase the good cholesterol, lower the bad and lower your blood pressure. Looking at a Harvard study of 70,000 or so women who consumed beer had a lower blood pressure than the women who consumed wine or hard alcohol.
Alcohol can be hard on your kidneys, but in some cases beer can reduce your risk of kidney stones. The hops in the beer not only help slow the release of calcium from the bones, therefore reduce kidney stones and beer has a high water content which helps clear out the kidneys, which is not a good pure water, but, good for an alcohol beverage.
Beer also has a good source of many nutrients such as, B vitamins like niacin, pantothenic acid, folate, riboflavin, B6 and B12. Beer is also rich in silicon, a nutrient that is also good for bone strength.
What else is drinking beer good for? A study of 38,000 men that drank one to two beers daily, showed a reduced risk of developing type 2 diabetes by about 25%. When the men drank more than one to two beers daily, there was no increased benefit at all. Researchers also found that drinking one to two beers a day may stave off Alzheimer’s and reduce your risk of stroke by thinning the blood and preventing blood clots from traveling to the brain.
So if you love to drink beer, at least it is good to know there are in fact some health benefits, so as long as you only drink one to two beers daily and no more. If you drink more than one to two beers daily your health benefits decline, tipping the scale towards no health benefits, to possible health problems. Drink your beer, but remember, moderation is the key!
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