Beer can do more than just help you relax and have a good time; so claims a research study conducted by the Pennsylvania State University. It states that a pint or two a day may actually reduce the risk of stroke or cardiovascular disease. And that’s not it; there are several other interesting health facts around beer that might surprise you!
Reduced Risk Of Heart Disease
Let’s dig deeper into the first and perhaps most intriguing health benefit of beer – a study conducted at Italy’s Fondazion di Ricerca e Cura found that people who drank a pint of beer daily, had a 31 per cent reduced risk of heart disease. Beer contains natural antioxidants called phenols that keep your heart healthy and protected. At the same time, the research also found that people who drank higher amounts of beer increased their risk of heart disease. Therefore, moderation is the key.
Protection Against Alzheimer’s Disease
Beer may protect you against Alzheimer’s too, suggests a study conducted at Loyola University Chicago’s Stritch School of Medicine. After going through several studies, the researchers came to the conclusion that moderate beer drinkers were 23 per cent less likely to develop different forms of dementia and cognitive impairment, including Alzheimer’s.
Lower Risk Of Diabetes
Consuming moderate amounts of beer may also be helpful for diabetics. According to a Harvard study involving 38,000 middle-aged men, those who drank one or two glasses of beer daily experienced a 25 per cent reduction in the risk of developing Type 2 diabetes. The alcohol content in beer increases insulin sensitivity, which may help prevent diabetes. Beer also contains some soluble fibre that is beneficial for people suffering from diabetes.
Prevention Of Kidney Stones
A study conducted in Finland claims that drinking moderate amounts of beer daily may reduce the risk of developing kidney stones by 40 per cent. Beer contains about 93 per cent water that helps flush out harmful toxins from the body and preserves kidney function.
Minimised Risk Of Cancer
A research conducted at the Oregon State University found that the xanthohumol, a powerful antioxidant present in beer, may have anti-cancer properties.
Beer is rich in silicon, an element that helps promote the growth of bones. A study conducted at Tufts found that older people who drank one or two glasses of beer daily had higher bone density and were less prone to fractures as compared to those who did not drink any beer. But it’s also important to note that drinking high amounts of beer could weaken your bones too. So keeping a check on the quantity consumed is critical.
Decreased Cholesterol Levels
This sounds strange but beer might actually help in lowering your cholesterol levels. The barley used in brewing beer contains soluble fibre known as beta-glucans that helps in reducing cholesterol levels.
Now who would have thought that occasional beer could be your health mojo!?