5 Scientific Reasons Why Drinking Beer Is Good For You
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Beer has a bad reputation, but it actually has legitimate health benefits! If you’re relatively healthy, moderate intake may help you out. Here are 5 scientific reasons why you should tap into a beer today.
1. Lowers Heart Disease Risk
The occasional beer can actually decrease your risk of heart disease. It does this by preventing fat build-up in the arteries, helping your blood flow better. Moderate intake can even raise HDL (“good”) cholesterol and control blood pressure.1 Of course, this doesn’t mean you should forget other heart-friendly habits. These benefits will depend on pre-existing conditions and overall health.
2. Lowers Mental Decline
One beer a day may protect your brain. This is related to the heart benefits mentioned above. After all, healthy blood flow equals a healthy brain. The increased oxygen and blood improves cognitive ability and a lower risk of stroke.2
3. Lowers Blood Glucose
The hops in beer have compounds that may improve your blood glucose. They do this by activating a chemical that carbohydrate metabolism. To top it off, hops can also shrink fat cells and encourage breakdown.3
4. Reduced Kidney Stone Risk
Beer may lower your risk of kidney stones. In fact, a bottle a day can decrease it by 40%. And while all alcoholic drinks can prevent kidney stones, beer has the most consistently significant effect. This is probably due to the diuretic effect of alcohol. The more you pee, the less chance you have of developing kidney stones.4
5. Bone Protection
Compared to wine, beer does a better job at boosting bone density. If you’re a woman, you might want to take note! Females have a high risk of developing osteoporosis, an age-related disease marked by weaker bones. But moderate intake of beer might actually protect the skeletal system. This may be due to the phytoestrogen levels in the beer.5
Again, drinking beer in moderation is key. This means two drinks per day for men and one for women. Any more can do more harm than good.6
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|2.||↑||Stampfer, Meir J., Jae Hee Kang, Jennifer Chen, Rebecca Cherry, and Francine Grodstein. Effects of Moderate Alcohol Consumption on Cognitive Function in Women. The New England Journal of Medicine 352.3 (2005): 245-253.|
|3.||↑||Hiroaki, Yajima, Emiko Ikeshima, Maho Shiraki, Tomoka Kanaya, Daisuke Fujiwara, Hideharu Odai, Nobuyo Tsuboyama-Kasaoka, Osamu Ezaki, Shinichi Oikawa∥, and Keiji Kondo. “Isohumulones, Bitter Acids Derived from Hops, Activate Both Peroxisome Proliferator-activated Receptor α and γ and Reduce Insulin Resistance.” The Journal of Biological Chemistry 279.32 (2004): 33456-33462.|
|4.||↑||Hirvonen, Tero, Pirjo Pietinen, Mikko Virtanen, Demetrius Albanes, and Jarmo Virtamo. “Nutrient Intake and Use of Beverages and the Risk of Kidney Stones among Male Smokers.” American Journal of Epidemiology. 150.2 (1999): 187-195.|
|5.||↑||Pedrera-Zamorano, Juan D., Jesus M. Lavado-Garcia, Paul Roncero-Martin, Julian F. Calderon-Garcia, Trinidad Rodriguez-Dominguez, and Maria L. Canal-Macias. “Effect of beer drinking on ultrasound bone mass in women.” Nutrition 25.10 (2009): 1057-1065.|
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