7 Health Benefits of Drinking Beer

We at PSST are not promoting the ingestion of alcohol. As with anything, drink in moderation and responsibly. 

Shout-out to all beer drinkers- this is the time to celebrate. We have 7 good reasons to drink beer and enjoy a mug or two while chillaxing alone or with a good company.

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For thousands of years, beer has been enjoyed in many places all around the world. According to history, beer has been around some 7,000 years BC during the ancient times of Egypt and Mesopotamia. There were recorded evidences that beer is one of the oldest beverages ever concocted but that would be in the books of history, and for now I would be happy to share with you the awesome health benefits of drinking beer.

Bottoms-up for mental health.

According to recent medical studies, scientist found out that beer can help maintain healthy brain function and prevent certain mental conditions. Hops as one of the key ingredients in beer has an antioxidant property called Xanthohumol (Xn) which can protect the brain from oxidative damage that could lead to neurodegenerative diseases. Drinking beer regularly can help prevent the onset of Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s and Dementia.

Drinking beer can decrease chances of having a stroke.

Some researchers concluded that one of the health benefits of drinking beer every day is that it can reduce the risk of stroke. In a study conducted in 2005 involving 11,000 older women, those who consumed a daily serving of beer indicated improved mental function than the none beer drinkers. It also showed that mental deterioration due to aging is decreased by as much as 20%. Another study by The Harvard School of Public Health stated that consuming few beers per day might decrease the likelihood of stroke. It is because beer is a natural blood thinner that can prevent formation of blood clots.

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Drink-up for improved kidney function.

It is commonly perceived that alcohol consumption is bad for the kidneys but on the contrary beer can actually support kidney health. According to American Dietetic Association’s (ADA), one of the health benefits of drinking beer is reducing the formation of kidney stones. Hops are a component of beer that slows down the release of calcium coming from the bones. Excess calcium in the bloodstream will lead to the formation of kidney stones. Beer is an alcoholic beverage that has high water content is also good in clearing out impurities from the kidneys.

Beer boosts good cholesterol.

Studies have shown that all alcoholic drinks including beer can facilitate the production of good cholesterol or HDL. While increasing HDL, beer decreases levels of bad cholesterol (LDL) which will reduce the chances of stroke and heart attack. With higher levels of good cholesterol heart and circulatory diseases are prevented.

Cheers to improved bone health.

A study conducted in 2009 concluded that regular consumption of beer can increased bone density. Beer has good levels of silicon valuable in improving bone density while preventing osteoporosis.

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A can or two of beer can prevent diabetes.

Having a few servings of your favorite brew every now and then proves that there are health benefits in drinking beer. In a published research study in the American Journal of Epidemiology recently suggests that moderate consumption of beer (or any alcoholic beverage) might lower the chances of developing type 2 diabetes.

Bottoms-up to added vitamins and minerals.

Surprisingly beer is a nutritious beverage. It contains several valuable nutrients that are beneficial to the body. A 12 ounce mug of beer contains a gram of fiber. Beer is also loaded with beneficial B vitamins such as folate, niacin, riboflavin, B6, B12, pantothenic acid and niacin. It also contains nutrients such as calcium, silicon, selenium and potent antioxidant selenium. The Vitamin B group fuels the body like a well-oiled machine. Vitamin B complex is essential in converting calories from food to energy. In fact, just a single 12 oz. can or bottle of beer has 12.5% of the required daily recommended dose of Vitamin 6 which is studied to help protect the body on a cellular level while keeping the heart healthy.

Drink in moderation and be responsible.

Like all alcoholic beverages, one can reap the health benefits of beer when taken in moderation. Some medical experts believed that 3 glasses of beer is just enough. But according to Mayo Clinic they define moderate consumption as 12 ounces of beer per day for women of all age groups including men who are 65 years old and above. For healthy adult male, Mayo Clinic recommends a serving of up to 24 ounces of beer per day.

beer is my best friend

Let go of all the guilty feelings when you gulp a bottle or two since enjoying this beverage would not only calm your nerves and let you chill, but it has scientifically approved health benefits of drinking beer. If you are too concern on getting a beer belly from regularly consuming beer then think again, since one serving of beer has fewer calories than skimmed milk or orange juice. We’ve got all the good reasons to drink beer so let’s drink to that- cheers!

Macy Santos

I admit I have astraphobia and katsaridaphobia. Now that I’ve got it out in the open let’s get on with this bio. I like Brian Griffin from the Family Guy- I love his kindness, wit and humor. Aside from watching this awesome TV show, I spend more time with 4 legged creatures (than humans) so don’t be surprised to see some furs on my clothes or hear me meowing or barking. I am a foodie, a puspin/aspin rescuer, a music lover, a blogger and a professional web content provider who appreciates good conversations over coffee or beer. When I need to force myself to work on my deadlines, I say to myself “Go for Gold” and it works all the time. BTW, my interest is so diverse and that’s why I can write about almost anything.