When it comes to alcohol, we assume that medical professionals would discourage us from it. It seems, however, that beer comes with several health benefits.
Now, most of us need a strong argument to head to the bar for a beer with our besties. But if researchers tell us to go ahead and have that beer, then the only thing we can do is reluctantly give in and make that sacrifice for our health. No?
Still not convinced? Well, maybe the following researched-backed reasons will help you enjoy that beer even more.
1- It may ward off diabetes
Shocking but true. In one study, researchers noted how people who drank up to six beers per week lowered their risk of diabetes by 21 percent. The researchers took into consideration every form of alcohol. Over 28,000 men and 41,000 women were qualified for this study, and the participants were followed for an average of 4.9 years.
The findings suggested that people who consumed alcohol over 3-4 days every week had the lowest diabetes risk. So it isn’t just beer that may ward off your risk of diabetes, in case you were eyeing that Louis XIII cognac for a night of indulgence.
2- It will leave you with a sparkling smile
No, the sparkling smile has nothing to do with being drunk. In this case, it is because the beer will clean your teeth. Seriously. This nectar of social connection will help you keep bacteria away from your teeth. In one study, researchers analyzed the effects of beer on our gums.
They found that beer helps remove the biofilm found on our teeth. The latter is that slimy coat that gathers on our teeth when we eat something. Moreover, it can also help make our teeth stronger. Beer contains high levels of silicon and calcium. These two nutrients are essential for our nails, hair, and teeth.
3- It is nutritious
It sounds like we’re talking about an apple, but there you go. Beer has a variety of healthy nutrients. Keep in mind that beer, even the lowest-quality, is made from hops and barley. The latter two are rich in antioxidants, vitamin B, and protein. Beer also contains other essential nutrients, such as fiber, calcium, iron, and phosphates.
4- It will strengthen your bones
The risk of osteoporosis increases as we get older, but the high silicon content found in beer may lower this risk. In one study, researchers studied the silicon content of 100 beers and found that the average silicon content was that between 6.4 to 56.5 milligrams per liter.
Although there are no specific recommendations for daily amounts of silicon, researchers of this study believe that a daily average of 20-50 milligrams may lower the risk.
5- It helps ease menopausal symptoms
Women often seek medical help for the most uncomfortable menopausal symptoms: hot flashes and night sweats. Researchers have found that menopausal women can avoid hormone replacement therapies that come with their own set of risks by having a beer.
A “safer treatment,” the polyphenols and hop in beer can ease the uncomfortable menopausal symptoms women experience. Even better, the same benefits can be experienced if women opt for alcohol-free beer as the latter still contains these essential ingredients. While studies on the benefits of beer of menopause are ongoing, current findings show positive benefits.
6- It fights inflammation
In another study in favor of beer, researchers found that one of the key ingredients in beer — hops, has anti-inflammatory properties. While hops are used to give the beer that bitter taste, this super ingredient has long been used in traditional folk medicine as an antibacterial and a sedative. Researchers have found that hops can interact with the compounds that cause inflammation in our bodies.
7- It helps the body hold on to the good cholesterol
In an ambitious study conducted by the American Heart Association Scientific Sessions, researchers found that beer can help us hold on to the good cholesterol and, in turn, lower the risk of cardiovascular diseases.
Eighty thousand participants were followed for six years by the researchers. The latter noted that moderate drinkers of beer had the “slowest decline” of high-density lipoprotein (HDL), also known as the good cholesterol.
A case a day is not the way to go
When we think of beer, it is natural to think of hot summer nights and pub gatherings – heading to the stadium to watch a game or sitting on a porch talking under the stars. It is a social drink that should be enjoyed with good company, and it is encouraging to know that this drink also comes with great benefits that can help us live a healthier life.
However, before you get too excited, understand that moderation is key here. Otherwise, you will experience more damage than benefits. Following the American dietary guidelines is the right way of knowing where your limitations should lie.
According to these guidelines, you should not take more than one drink a day if you are a woman and two drinks a day if you are a man. Moreover, if you have chosen to abstain from drinking, these benefits should not be an excuse to start drinking again.