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Beer and Health

Updated on August 2, 2015
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My grandmother was 80+ when I saw her consume at least a small bottle of beer daily. She said it relaxes her muscle and provides for good sleep at night. How true can this be ..

Researches have found that moderate beer consumption can actually benefit as it : -

  • lowers risk for arthritis
  • builds strong bones
  • prevents kidney stones
  • keeps brain sharp
  • boosts heart health
  • is source for fiber

Component of Beer

Each component in beer actually has its benefit. In an article in www.organicfacts.net they have actually broken down each component .

  • A flavonoid compound called Xanthohumol has anti Cancer properties
  • B6 - which prevents heart complications. Thinning effects also helps in preventing blood clots
  • B12 and Folic Acids ~ a deficiency which may cause anemia
  • It helps in improving the potency and impact of Vitamin E which has anti aging components
  • Boosts Good cholesterol by 10-20 %
  • High potassium and low sodium
  • Rich source of magnesium ~ reduces possibilities of kidney stones
  • Silicon ~ reduce effect against osteoporosis

Alcohol, including beer, in moderation raises high-density lipoprotein or HDL, known as good cholesterol, says Dr. R. Curtis Ellison, chief of the section of preventive medicine and epidemiology and professor of medicine and public health at the Boston University School of Medicine.

— http://www.forbes.com/2008/03/14/beer-drink-health-forbeslife-cx_avd_0317health.html

Moderate consumption

Moderation is the key to most things in our life, and its is the same with beer consumption. Excessive of anything even sugar or water may have effect on everyone.

In an article in Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics it is stated that "The 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans advise limiting alcohol to one drink per day for women and two drinks per day for men."

Drinking more then required can cause many health problems such as increased risk high blood pressure, liver cirrhosis and several forms of cancer.

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Binge Drinking

In a study by Yale School of Medicine, which appears in the Journal of Clinical Investigation shows that binge drinking in empty stomach may cause drop in blood sugar acutely.

Meanwhile in another study by researcher Tim McQueeny (a doctoral candidate in psychology at the University of Cincinnat) highlights that there was cortical thinning of the pre-frontal cortex, the section of the brain related to executive functioning such as paying attention, planning and making decisions, processing emotions and controlling impulses leading to irrational behavior.

Conclusion

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Source of Reference :

    1. Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (http://www.eatright.org/)
    2. 7th European Beer & Health Symposium 2014 (http://www.beerandhealth.eu)
    3. Fox News, Health Report, Beer Great for Heart Health (http://www.foxnews.com/)
    4. Binge drinking and your brain : Raising risk of dependence, By Helen Dodson (http://news.yale.edu)
    5. Study by researcher Tim McQueeny ( http://psychcentral.com/)

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