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Ingredients in beer slow the aging processes.

Updated on February 12, 2014
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The beer is a drink low on fat and calories but still a balanced liquid food. 10-20% lower mortality and higher life quality is observed in moderate beer drinkers. 2 pints for the men and one pint for the women is considered healthy. Beer also:

  • Reduces stress.
  • Natural antidepressant.
  • Lowers risk of coronary diseases.
  • Increases blood coagulation ability.
  • Helps keeping bone density.
  • Relieves inflammation.
  • Face wash with beer cleans acne.
  • Regulates estrogen levels in women without risk of gaining weight.

There is one good proverb:

Alcohol does not solve problems, but then again - neither does milk.

Compare this:

100 ml
Beer
Wine
Milk
Carbohydrates
1.5 - 3 grams
0 - 6 grams
5 grams
Fats
None
None
3 grams
Vitamins
Most B vitamins
Traces
Most B vitamins
Antioxidants
20-60 mg
30-74 mg
None
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Nicotinamide riboside (a. k. a. vitamin B3)

This is a newly found vitamin in beer and milk that promotes weight loss by redirecting glucose to muscles instead to adipose tissue. Beer can even help build muscle mass if you are weight lifter or body builder. This vitamin also claims to prolong life by slowing down aging process on cellular level. So Irish proverb is not really accurate - both beer and milk can solve problems.

Xanthohumol.

This is a chemical compound found in hops (and from hops in beer). It is stronger antioxidant than the ones found in wines, green tea, and various soy products. It also has anti cancer and many other properties:

  • Suppresses cancer cell division.
  • Blocks specific enzymes such as Cytochrome P-450 (CYP) which help precancerogens to become really cancerous.
  • Slows osteoporosis by protecting bones from degradation.
  • Lowers cholesterol levels and protects against Alzheimer disease. Stops oxidation of LDL cholesterol in blood - effectively protecting your veins and arteries from sclerosis.
  • Cleans skin and hair from impurities (regardless if you are using it as a topical or drinking it)

Liquid Food

Beer very quickly goes from stomach to blood stream and then to the kidneys and can be used as a kidney cleanser too. For this you need to drink it at about room temperature.

Beer used as food can be quite balanced meal. It has everything you need, quenches thirst, fills the belly, goes fully absorbed in twenty minutes and has some minerals and vitamins.

Detoxification.

Beer is also excellent detoxifier, for the week after holidays, when you've practically overeaten and over drank everything - stick to 1 beer each day or if you got few pounds - take it instead of lunch.

Keep this, until your body cleanses. Beer tend to get out of your body system faster than water and it will carry many toxins out of your body in the process.

Just remember - moderation is important. It is very easy to just get another one and order a steak and french fries.

And there is nothing detoxing in fried and greasy food.

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Bone density.

Tufts University in Boston published a study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition in 2009.

Their study examined the bone density and alcohol intake of several thousand adults between 29-86 years old.

The conclusion was moderate alcohol intake will help increase bone density post-menopausal women. (particularly beers made from barley malt and higher amounts of hops)

However, in men, more than two drinks of liquor per day was associated with decreased bone density.

So - drinking beer, should still be done with moderation.

Beer for acne clearing?

It's actually a very easy, cheap and non-aggressive method. But first, you need to remove all irritations to your skin:

  • Start using mild soap with balanced pH.
  • Dry your skin by patting the towel to your face.
  • Do not rub your face with the towel.

Then, each evening, when you get home - use a beer kept at room temperature to clean your face.

Just pour some in your palm and splash it on your face. It's a bit messy until you get used to it.

Leave it be for the night, do not wash with water. The brewer's yeast lowers sebum production and also kills the bacteria associated with acne.

It is also very good for the pores of your skin, helps keep the elasticity and natural pH.

Even if you have a leftover beer, that you won't drink because it's gone stale and non-carbonated - you can still pour it in a laver and soak your feet in it.

Brewer's yeast inside kills bacteria and fungi and this can reduce the bad aroma if you have smelly feet.

All in all - beer is quite good if you don't abuse it in large quantities..

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      Daisy Mariposa 3 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)

      Stoill,

      What a fascinating article! You have turned the study of beer into a science. Well done!

      I am sharing your Hub with my HP followers and also tweeting it.

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      MG Singh 3 years ago from Singapore

      i liked this info as I drink a lot of beer

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      Stoill Barzakov 3 years ago from Sofia, Bulgaria

      Just don't over-drink MG Singh :)

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      Paula Atwell 2 years ago from Cleveland, OH

      What a really interesting article about beer!

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      Peggy Hazelwood 2 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      I love good beer but rarely drink it these days.

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      Stoill Barzakov 2 years ago from Sofia, Bulgaria

      Thank you miss Atwell.

      I am currently a teetotaler, but my personal experience with beer shows that a single beer per day is quite a healthy pick.

      If you can force yourself to drink just one, of course :)

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      sujaya venkatesh 2 years ago

      beering your way through

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      Paula Atwell 2 years ago from Cleveland, OH

      Hi mordor, I really drink about 1 beer every few months, but that wasn't a choice. :)

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      Eugene Samuel Monaco 2 years ago from Lakewood New York

      Wow! Some very interesting facts here that I never really knew. Your research is in depth and appreciated. I guess I should drink at least one beer a day. Thanks :)

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      Audrey Howitt 2 years ago from California

      Wow--good to know!

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      Ryem 2 years ago from Maryland

      I love beer, but I definitely didn't know this much about it. Thanks for sharing!

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