For all the beer lovers out there, happy National Beer Lover’s Day!
National Beer Lover’s Day is observed annually on September 7th. As one the oldest drinks, it dates back to at least the 5th millennium BC in Iran, and was recorded in the written history of ancient Egypt and Mesopotamia and spread throughout the world.
Beer is also mentioned in the Epic of Gilgamesh, in which the ‘wild man’ Enkidu is given beer to drink. “… he ate until he was full, drank seven pitchers of beer, his heart grew light, his face glowed and he sang out with joy.”
However, when we think of the relationship between beer and their bodies, images of the ever-dreaded beer belly, a damn good time or a hangover flash through our mind. But what if we told you this is not the whole story when it comes to kicking back with a cold one?
So, the same beer that can make your head spin, can actually help you in many ways.
According to a research of 80,000 adults conducted last year by the Pennsylvania State University, a pint or two a day could help reduce the risk of having a stroke or developing cardiovascular disease.
The research showed that a moderate alcohol intake – yes, moderate! – can actually improve your health, from lowering the risk of kidney stones to losing weight.
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Now, let’s scroll down to 10 benefits of beer:
1. Beer lowers the risk of kidney stones
A study suggested one of the benefits of beer is lowering the risk of developing kidney stones, meaning the water and alcohol found in beer increase urine flow and dilute urine.
According to Dr. Tero Hirvonen of the National Public Health Institute of Helsinki, “each bottle of beer consumed per day was estimated to reduce risk by 40 percent.”
2. Beer protects you from heart attacks
A research team at the University of Scranton in Pennsylvania discovered that dark ales and stouts can reduce the incidence of heart attacks.
This doesn’t mean you have to consume beer excessively. Moderation is the key!
3. Beer reduces the risk of strokes
People who consume beer can cut their risk of strokes by up to 50%, compared to those who don’t drink.
The most types of stroke are ischemic strokes. They occur when damaged cerebral arteries become blocked by the formation of a blood clot within the brain. A beer helps your arteries become flexible and blood flow improves significantly.
4. Beer strengthens your bones
Consuming one or two glasses of beer a day can reduce the risk of fracturing bones, as beer contains high levels of silicon, which promotes bone growth.
However, more than two glasses a day raises the risk of fracturing. So, make sure to drink the right amount, if you want to arrive home with all your bones stiff.
P.s. Shaun of the Dead is not the best example to follow.
5. Beer decreases the chance of diabetes
According to a 2011 Harvard research, it was discovered that middle-aged men who drink one or two glasses of beer each day appear to reduce their risk of developing type 2 diabetes by up to 25%.
6. Beer reduces the risk of Alzheimer’s
Moderate drinking, according to a study of over 365,000 people, lowers by 23% chances to develop dementia, Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of “cognitive impairment.”
Although it is not clearly known why moderate drinking has such an effect on Alzheimer’s and others, the silicon amounts found in beer could also be responsible. Silicon protects the brain from the harmful effects of aluminum in the body, which is one of the causes of Alzheimer’s.
7. Beer can cure insomnia
Insomnia, here we come! Beer is a natural nightcap, as it incites dopamine release, which insomnia sufferers lack.
8. Beer can stop cataracts
Excessive drinking can make your vision get blurry, but the right amount of it help your sight. Cataracts Researchers at the University of Western Ontario discovered that the antioxidants in beer help in reducing the incidence of atherosclerosis and cataracts by as much as 50%.
9. Beer might cure cancer and inflammatory diseases
According to the scientists at the University of Idaho, beer could also cure cancer, because of a key ingredient found in beer, which posses the ability to halt bacterial growth and disease.
However, scientists are working to find a method to extract or synthesize these compounds in a lab, so they can use them for cancer-treating pharmaceuticals.
10. Beer helps you lose weight
Despite the ‘beer belly’ effect, researchers at the State University of Oregon seem to think that beer can help you lose weight.
The key to shedding some pounds is on xanthohumol, a compound which reduces the chances of developing metabolic syndrome – a condition that indicates obesity, high blood pressure, elevated blood sugar, and bad high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol levels.
Unfortunately, researchers say to come with this result, an individual has to consume over 3,500 pints of beer a day. An amount which won’t really let you high chances to be alive.
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