It is widely known that excessive consumption of alcohol negatively affects our body and mind. Alcohol, which is a potent depressant, has a huge impact on all organs of the body, especially the brain and liver.
Beer, however, if taken in moderate quantities (like a beer a day,) can vastly improve your health in a number of ways.
Beer is rich in flavonoids, which are powerful antioxidants, as well as certain minerals that are essential for various metabolic processes. Therefore, moderate consumption of beer can provide awesome, scientifically proven health benefits.
Here are 10 reasons to love a good brew.
1. Anti-Cancer Properties
Hops, which is the main ingredient for brewing beer, contains Xanthohumol – a powerful flavonoid compound found to play a major role in the chemoprevention of cancer, including prostate cancer.
“Human exposure to xanthohumol and related prenylflavonoids, such as 8-prenylnaringenin and isoxanthohumol, is primarily through beer consumption,” the study suggests.
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2. Reduced Risk of Cardiovascular Diseases
A recent study found that moderate consumption of beer could reduce the risk of stroke or heart disease by enhancing the levels of “good” cholesterol. For men, this amounted to one or two servings of beer daily, while for women moderate consumption is defined as a lesser half to one serving per day.
3. Prevent Blood Clots
By raising the level of good cholesterol, beer can lower the risk of blood clots that cause strokes and thrombosis.
4. Supports the Health of Your Kidneys and Prevents Kidney Stones
Researchers in Finland found that a pint of beer a day lowers the risk of developing kidney stones by 40%.
5. Increase Bone Density
Moderate consumption of beer is shown to increase bone density due to its high silicon content, thereby preventing the risk of fractures and osteoporosis.
6. Boosts Vitamin Levels
Beer is a rich source of several B vitamins (B1, B2, B6, and B12) and folic acid – a deficiency of which may lead to anemia. Vitamin B12 is found to be essential for maintaining normal growth, good memory and concentration.
7. Anti-Aging Properties
Beer increases the potency and impact of vitamin E, which is an essential vitamin for healthy skin. It also slows down the aging process.
8. Fights Stress
Similar to other alcohol drinks, beer is shown to reduce stress and facilitate sleep.
9. Increases Brain Health
A study published in the New England Journal of Medicine found that a beer a day lowers the risk of Alzheimer’s and stroke by as much as 20 percent.
Beer is a diuretic because it significantly increases urination. This leads to increased removal of toxins and waste materials from the body.
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