Fellow beer drinkers, we can finally rejoice: Your favorite brew may be healthier than you think. A study suggests that beer is actually good for us, everything from reducing broken bones, to helping with mental decline and the study also suggest that it may even help us live longer.
The only problem is that it can only help you if you drink in moderation, meaning two beers a day for men is more than enough to keep you healthy. Anything more than that can cause liver problems, cancer, and death – both by intoxication and crashing.
So I guess we can finally change the old saying to – A beer a day, keeps a doctor away. Yahoo news compiled the list below and I can finally sleep in peace knowing that the beer I had for breakfast wasn’t bad so I may have one more for dessert. After all, If we get too drunk we can always take DHM to sober us up right away.
1. Stronger Bones
In a 2009 study at Tuffs University, the researchers found that beer contains high levels of silicon which means your bones won’t break as easy. They determined that in order to have better bone strength, you should drink one or two drinks daily. The study also found that anything above 2 drinks actually increases your risks for fractures.
Pale Ales are the equivalent of Red Wine when it comes to medical benefits. In a 2010 study they found that pale ales are way better for our health than other kinds of beers, even nonalcoholic beers.
2. A Stronger Heart
In 2011 analysis of 16 earlier studies involving more than 200,000 people, conducted by researchers at Italy’s Fondazion di Ricerca e Cura, found a 31 percent reduced risk of heart disease in those who quaffed about a pint of beer daily, while risk surged in those who guzzled higher amounts of alcohol, whether beer, wine, or spirits.
3. Healthier Kidneys
Unlike alcohol that destroys your kidneys, a study in Finland singled out beer among other alcoholic drinks, finding that each bottle of beer men drank daily lowered their risk of developing kidney stones by 40 percent. One theory is that beer’s high water content helped keep kidneys working, since dehydration increases kidney stone risk.
4. Boosting Brain Health
If you can’t remember if you had a beer today, you may want to start taking one. A 2005 study revealed that having a beer a day actually lowers the risk of Alzheimer’s disease. The study tracked the health of 11,000 older women showed that moderate drinkers (those who consumed about one drink a day) lowered their risk of mental decline by as much as 20 percent, compared to non-drinkers
5. Reduced Cancer Risk
A Portuguese study found that marinating steak in beer eliminates almost 70 percent of the carcinogens, called heterocyclic amines (HCAs) produced when the meat is pan-fried. Researchers theorize that beer’s sugars help block HCAs from forming. So next time that you decide to have your buddies over, you may want to marinate the steaks in your favorite beer – If anyone complains, you can argue that you’re keeping them safe.
6. Boosting Vitamin Levels
A Dutch study, performed at the TNO Nutrition and Food Research Institute, found that beer-drinking participants had 30 percent higher levels of vitamin B6 levels in their blood than their non-drinking counterparts, and twice as much as wine drinkers. Beer also contains vitamin B12 and folic acid.
7. Guarding Against Stroke
Researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health found that moderate amounts of alcohol, including beer, help prevent blood clots that block blood flow to the heart, neck and brain—the clots that cause ischemic stroke, the most common type.
8. Reduced Risk for Diabetes
Drink up: A 2011 Harvard study of about 38,000 middle-aged men found that when those who only drank occasionally raised their alcohol intake to one to two beers or other drinks daily, their risk of developing type 2 diabetes dropped by 25 percent. The researchers found no benefit to quaffing more than two drinks. The researchers found that alcohol increases insulin sensitivity, thus helping protect against diabetes.
9. Lower Blood Pressure
Wine is fine for your heart, but beer may be even better: A Harvard study of 70,000 women ages 25 to 40 found that moderate beer drinkers were less likely to develop high blood pressure—a major risk factor for heart attack—than women who sipped wine or spirits.
10. Longer Life
In a 2005 review of 50 studies, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) reported that moderate drinkers live longer. The USDA also estimates that moderate drinking prevents about 26,000 deaths a year, due to lower rates of heart disease, stroke, and diabetes.