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To Your Health

Posted March 8, 2013 | 4:06 pm, by Mirella

They say that an apple a day keeps the doctor away, but studies show that beer may be just as effective…

Various independent studies, published in the past ten years, have determined that having one or two drinks daily is not only healthier than abstaining, but it can also prolong life! According to the American Council on Science and Health: “Among middle-aged and elderly people, moderate drinkers have lower mortality rates than abstainers… due largely to the protective effect of alcohol against coronary heart disease—a positive effect that appears to outweigh any possible adverse effects of moderate drinking.” Other studies suggest that moderate drinking can help prevent strokes, type-2 diabetes, osteoporosis and dementia.

Beer is also packed with nutrients. Beer contains much more vitamin B, calcium, potassium, magnesium and folic acid than either wine or spirits. The yeast in beer has probiotic qualities to balance the digestive system and contains vitamins that prevent hangovers (especially unfiltered beers). Another healthful beer ingredient is hops. Hops are a traditional herbal remedy for indigestion and insomnia. In beer, they also help the body metabolize toxins and are a natural diuretic. On top of all this, a study commissioned by Kirin brewery in 2003 suggests that the isohumulones from hops can help the body avoid weight gain.

A number of doctors support the theory that beer, being over 90% water, can be just as hydrating as a glass of water after exercise. Some even argue that beer is better, because it replenishes a number of nutrients. Although beer does contain proteins and carbs, it is fat-free and cholesterol-free. In fact, studies have shown that the polyphenols in beer can help lower cholesterol levels significantly. All these benefits in a beverage that has fewer calories than a mixed drink!

In 1974, a study published by Arthur Klatsky decreed that having up to six drinks a day was advised for the prevention of heart disease. The consensus nowadays, however, is that one or two drinks a day is ideal. Drinking in larger quantities cancels out the beneficial effects of moderate drinking, and can lead to other health problems. For the record, abstaining all week and then consuming fourteen drinks in two days does not count. Just remember: One beer a day…

Publication: Büze

Date Published: February 2013

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