Most people drink alcohol when at parties or for a casual get together with friends. Specially beer. Well, here’s another reason to drink beer. A lot of studies have shown that beer has health benefits when drunk in moderate amounts. The key word is “moderate“. Here are some health benefits of drinking beer every now and then, which is why it is good for the human body:
1. Beer improves your cholesterol
Beer not only has no cholesterol, it can actually improve the cholesterol in your body. In fact, drinking beer regularly and moderately will tilt your HDL/LDL cholesterol ratios the right way. You’ve got two kinds of cholesterol in your system: HDL, the “good” cholesterol that armor-plates your veins and keeps things flowing, and LDL, the “bad” cholesterol that builds up in your veins. Beer power-flushes the system and keeps the HDL levels up. According to some studies, as little as one beer a day can boost your HDL by up to 4 per cent.
2. It reduces your risk of kidney stones
Drinking beer could actually help reduce your risk of developing kidney stones, according to a recent study in the Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology. According to that study, men and women who reported drinking a moderate amount of beer reduced their risk of developing a stone by 41 percent. By contrast, drinking soda increased their risk by 23 percent.
3. It contains essential nutrients
It is rich in protein-building blocks and minerals including phosphorus, iodine, magnesium and potassium.
4. If drunk in moderate amounts, it reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease
According to Harvard School of Public Health- “moderate drinkers were 30 to 35 percent less likely to have had a heart attack than non-drinkers.”
5. It has plenty of Vitamin B
Beer has high levels of B vitamins, particularly folic acid, which is believed to help prevent heart attacks. Beer also has soluble fiber, good for keeping you regular, which in turn reduces the likelihood that your system will absorb unhealthy junk like fat.
6. Moderate alcohol consumption can decrease the incidence of Alzheimer’s disease
It also improves memory, concentration and reasoning.
7. Beer is low in calories and carbohydrates
The average beer has about 12 grams of carbs per 12-ounce serving. Also, beer has no fat or cholesterol.
8. Beer contains 93% water
It is good for hydration.
9. Older women who drink beer moderately preserve mental acuity
A study in the New England Journal of Medicine showed that women who had one alcoholic drink a day had less cognitive impairment and less decline in their cognitive function compared to women who abstained from any alcoholic beverages. The researchers theorized that alcohol protects the brain by improving blood circulation.
10. Beer is a rich source of fibre
Two glasses provide between ten and 30 per cent of our recommended requirement. Fibre is known to help keep us full and ward off hunger. Drinking beer increases the production of bile, which helps us to digest fatty food