Larger, stout or ale, beer holds a special place in the hearts of everyone who has a love for the bottle. It’s light, it’s delicious, it’s refreshing and it has so many flavours to offer. While a glass of whisky says you are all about business, a mug of beer in your hand shows that you are here to get the party started. These are the very qualities that make beer such a darling of the tipplers. But many dread beer for its beer belly-causing properties, since it is so high on calories. Don’t get down in the mouth. Beer also does some good to your body. On International Beer Day, we list down eight health benefits of low to moderate consumption of beer. Be sure to remember this next time you go drinking.
1 Reduces Risk of Heart Diseases
That’s right! Don’t believe anyone who tells you otherwise. Research says that the heart-loving qualities of beer may be as good as wine, at comparable alcohol amounts. Scientific evidence says having 15-30 g of alcohol per day can reduce cardiovascular risk by 25 percent. The alcohol content in your beer can be good for your heart and blood vessels. Studies also say that it may be better than spirits such as vodka, gin and whiskey when it comes to heart health.
2 Lower Changes of Neurodegenerative Diseases
Neurodegenerative diseases include Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease and Huntington’s disease where the neurons in the human brain get damaged. What can beer do to help? Although the specific data on beer isn’t conclusive, observational studies say that low to moderate consumption of alcohol can reduce your risk of developing these diseases.
3 Increases Good Cholesterol
Beer also has cholesterol-busting properties. Studies say that beer can lower bad cholesterol in the body by increasing the amount of good cholesterol, which scoops up plaque from the arteries. But as always, the key is moderation.
4 Has Nutrients
While the beer belly allegations are not without their reasons, beer may be more than just empty calories. The drink may have more nutrients than what you give it credit for. Since its made of ingredients such as wheat, maize, barley and rice, it can contain traces or iron, potassium, magnesium, B vitamins and proteins. And like wine, beer is also replete in antioxidants.
5 Gives You Strong Bones
Beer may also be good for your bones because it contains high levels of silicon, a nutrient you need for bone growth. Drinking the right amount of beer will help you reduce the risk of breakage and fracture. But conversely, drinking too much may make your bones brittle.
6 Reduces Chances of Diabetes
Your good friend beer may also reduce your chances of developing type 2 diabetes. Harvard scientists opine that middle-aged men who drink 1-2 glasses of beer per day may have a reduced risk of developing diabetes. Additionally, the alcohol content in beer may also increase your insulin sensitivity, preventing the metabolic disease.
7 Helps You Sleep Better
Who doesn’t love a good night’s sleep? Instead of turning to your regular night cap, try a glass of beer instead. Stouts and lagers can increase the production of dopamine in the brain, promoting sound, relaxed sleep. But that’s not even the best part. Scientists believe that merely tasting beer can make you feel calmer and more relaxed.
8 Lowers Kidney Stones
Kidney stones can be an annoying and a painful condition. And guess who comes to your rescue. You guessed it! Beer! Since beer is mostly water and alcohol (duh), both help in increasing urine output, which is great for dissolving calcium. This means lesser risk of developing kidney stones.
That concludes our list. Our beloved beer does more than just put us in a good mood and make everyone seem more attractive. These health benefits are mainly attributed to the alcohol and nutrient contents. But before you guzzle a bucketful, remember that the benefits of beer can only be reaped if have it in moderation. So enjoy International Beer Day by sharing a pack six pack with your friends! In case you are wondering whether other forms of alcohol have health benefits, read this.