“The University of Nebraska says that elderly people that drink beer or wine at least four times a week have the highest bone density. They need it – they’re the ones falling down the most.”- Jay Leno
Perhaps one of the most crowd pleasing drink, beer is infamously considered as the culprit behind pot bellies. A light beer contains approximately 100 Calories whereas a regular beer contains 220 Calories per serving. But despite being high on calories, beer has numerous benefits that will give you reasons to frequently gulp it. Here is a list of 12 unheard benefits of beer that will make you want to guzzle it even more (in moderation please)-
1. Loaded with Vitamin B
Back in 1920s, some doctors actually recommended beer to pregnant women! Till this day most people don’t know that a 12 0z. bottle of beer contains a great composition of B Vitamins such as niacin, riboflavin, pantothenic acid, vitamins B6 and B12, and folate.
2. High in Fiber
Fiber, an effective laxative, is an important constituent of beer. It slows the rate of digestion and thus food slowly exits the body. So grab a beer and know that you are loading your body with many essential insoluble fibers.
3. Bye Bye Stress
Having a moderate amount of beer everyday is known to prevent stress and anxiety, the most common reason behind most health problems. And, moderate refers to 12 ounces a day for a female and 24 ounces per day for a male.
4. Reduced risk of type 2 diabetes
Yes, moderate beer consumption reduces the risk of type 2 diabetes. Many studies have revealed that people who consumed beer are 30% less likely to suffer from type 2 diabetes than those who completely avoided alcohol. Just keep the intake moderate and you’ll be good to go.
5. Reduced risk of developing gall stones
Gallstones occur due to the fusion of cholesterol, bile and a few other things that lead to symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, and abdominal pain. Moderate consumption of alcohol is known to be inversely related to gallstone problems.
6. Anti Microbial composition
Bitter flowers are an important constituent in a beer. These bitter flowers are known to have anti Microbial properties. The main constituent of beer is H2O that makes about 93% of beer. Because of these properties, beer can be recognized a disease fighting agent.
7. Better Muscles
This could be another reason for the gym junkies to frequently grab a pint. In a recent study, moderate consumption of beer was revealed to improve the human muscles.
8. Prevention of Alzheimer
According to a research held in the University of Alcala, moderate consumption of beer can actually prevent Alzheimer’s disease. Aluminum absorption in the brain could lead to Alzheimer. Beer, a good source of silicon, can block the absorption of aluminum in the brain and thus keep Alzheimer’s away.
9. Good for the Bones
As per the national institute of health, dietary silicon present in beer leads to better growth and development of bones. Based on the study, beer can prevent osteoporosis. Beer is made from malted barley and malted barley has more silicon than wheat. An average beer contains on an average 6.4 mg to 56.5 mg of silicon, which is great for the bones.
10. Ensures Cardiovascular health
Red Vine is undoubtedly the most healthiest alcoholic beverage but beer is a close runner up. Vitamin B6 found in beer is known to aid cardiovascular health. Also, beer restricts an increased homocysteine level in the body that is another good reason for an acute heart health. So by gulping a frequent pint you’ll be pleasing your heart (literally).
11. Conversation friendly
Known to ease social situations, beer can actually promote friendliness and chattiness. A beer can actually free you up before a family event or friendly gathering. But some people think drinking in excess will help them become completely awesome and attractive. We all know what happens after excessive beers. So drink it in moderation. Always.
12. Portion awareness
Unlike other Alcoholic beverages, beer comes in fixed portions.You always know the amount that you’ve gulped. It is actually easier to limit the consumption of beer, as compared to other alcoholic beverages.
“You can’t be a real country unless you have a beer and an airline. It helps if you have some kind of a football team, or some nuclear weapons, but at the very least you need a beer.”- Frank Zappa