10 Unexpected Beer Health Benefits
Here are 10 good reasons why you should drink a beer every day!
1. Prevents Atherosclerosis
Beer can boost your levels of good, high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol while lowering your insulin levels, thus reducing your risk of developing atherosclerosis (hardening of your arteries). In fact, darker ales and stouts that have more antioxidants than lighter lager beers may reduce the incidence of atherosclerosis as well as cataracts by as much as 50 percent .
2. Prevents Diabetes
Studies show that drinking a beer a day can reduce your risk of type 2 diabetes by as much as 30 percent .
3. Prevents Cancer
A specific flavonoid in hops, Xanthohumol, plays a significant role in preventing cancer, including prostate cancer . Other chemopreventive agents in beer are polyphenols (also found in red wine) that studies show are effective for fighting cancer.
4. Lowers Cholesterol
Drinking one beer a day can increase HDL cholesterol levels by up to 11 percent. As well, some studies show that the high fiber content in beer can lower LDL (bad) levels by up to 18 percent .
5. Prevents Blood Clots
Studies show that drinking a beer a day for one month can reduce the levels of fibrinogen (clotting agent) in your blood. Beer also changes the structure of fibrinogen so that it is less capable of clotting, according to some studies .
6. Prevents Kidney Stones
A study published in the Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology found that people who drink a beer a day have a 41 percent less risk of developing kidney stones.
7. Strengthens Bones
Beer contains a significant source of dietary silicon, a key ingredient for increasing bone mineral density. According to a study published in the Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture, drinking a daily beer, especially pale ale, can strengthen your bones and prevent them from becoming too brittle, a key cause of osteoporosis .
8. Helps You Sleep
Beer is full of beneficial B vitamins (B1, B2, B6, and B12) that help you relax and sleep better. One study shows that beer drinkers have 30 percent more vitamin B6 than non-drinkers, and their levels are twice as high as those of wine drinkers. Beer also has significant levels of lactoflavin and nicotinic acid, which helps you sleep faster.
9. Prevents Alzheimer’s
Studies show that beer boosts your memory and that beer drinkers are less likely to suffer from Alzheimer’s disease and dementia than non-beer drinkers .
10. Promotes Healthy Skin
The many vitamins, nutrients, and minerals such as silica in beer make your skin healthy, youthful and smooth. It is also wonderful for reducing acne and increasing your skin’s natural shine and tone.