Sounds funny, to hear that an alcoholic drink is good for health isn’t it? But its true, Beer is one such a drink which has a lot of health benefits. A beer is an alcoholic beverage prepared by the hydrolysis of starch and fermentation of the resulting sugar. Most beer are also prepared by adding of hops, which gives the bitter taste to the drink and also acts as a preservative. After water and tea, beer is the third drink most people use and largely consume and prefer. Beer consists of about 3 to 14 % of alcohol and in some breweries it varies up to 20 %.
Its a drink used in most of the countries. Many of which, even have some traditions of celebrating beer festivals and beer games, in which they use loads of beer poured all over the people and place. A beer festival is an event where variety of beer and other alcoholic drinks are available to taste and to purchase. Some countries have ‘beer exhibition’ in which, there will be more varieties of beer from different manufacturers as festivals are filled with more entertaining programs. Some of the notable countries with beer festivals are Germany, Britain, Belgian, US, Canadian, and Czech. The largest beer festival in the world is Oktoberfest in Germany. Beer is prepared from the grains and it is such an ancient drink that even African, Egyptian and Sumerian tribes had a knack of brewing it. The basic ingredients of the beer is water, malt, hops, yeast and barley. Every ingredient is a rich source of proteins and vitamins. As much as its an alcoholic beverage, beer has its own health benefits, and here are 10 benefits of the drink.
10. Reduces Stress
Who knew drinking alcohol can really help you reduce stress right? Well, research have proven, that drinking beer moderately will help in reducing stress. Beer in particular among most alcoholic drinks, has more nutrients and vitamins. Beer contains proteins, vitamin B, phosphorus, magnesium, selenium, iron, niacin and riboflavin. These components plays a high role in providing the strength to the body and which helps in improved blood circulation in the brain. Because of this reason people who feel stressed will feel better after a glass of beer and so, if you feel stress weighing you down, you could always grab a chilled glass of beer but note that the consumption should be moderate and feeling tipsy will only aggravate your stress and we are sure that it is not something you want to end up with.
9. Good for Heart
According to a recent study a pint of beer everyday helps in reducing the risk of heart diseases. Beer also helps in reducing bones related issues as well. Alcohol has been used in preparing many medicines since ages because of the healing capability in it. It also helps in increasing the HDL content that is the good cholesterol of our body, which helps to keep the blood pressure in check and the heart to function better. Yet, beer is no substitute for your regular medicines and it should not be mixed with other drugs.Smoking while drinking, mixing drugs while having a beer can be harmful to your body as well as your heart.. A pint of beer sure, has got its benefits.
8. Improves blood circulation
Its a party and most prefer for a drink right? and if not driving, some prefer alcohol. But what can be more good than a beer which also helps in so many ways with your health, the next day when you wake up from your bed. Not that you will see its good effects right after the day next you had a glass of it, but it helps in improving your health eventually. Beer consists of 90% of water, and water is one of the most essential element for our body. Its contents help in increasing the good cholesterol (HDL) in the blood streams which helps in reducing the blood clots.This makes the blood circulation more easier. Also the Flavonoids content in beer acts as an antioxidants making the blood flow more easier. So as long as one consumes beer in moderation, there is nothing to worry about it.
7. Rich with fiber content
Fibers are one of those food ingredients which although slow in digestion help stimulates the intestinal peristalsis. There are many foods in our daily diet which provides fiber content, and we all need to consume an adequate amount of fiber in our routine food. Beer is one such alcoholic drink which also provides fiber content to our body when consumed. Our body requires carbohydrates and it is divided into fiber, sugar and starches. A beer consists of all the three carbohydrates. The fiber content amounts to 0.2 to 1 percent of the total weight of the beer. Depending on the variety of the beer it even extends to 3.5 percent of fiber. The fiber present in beer is soluble that means it dissolves easily in liquids which helps in various factors such as helping reducing the risk of blood pressure and blood sugar levels. Hence a beer in moderation is helpful in lot many ways than we think.
6. Acts as a Multivitamin
Yes! I’ am talking about an alcoholic drink and not any one of those health drink many claims are good for health. Beer is one such health drink with a proper amount of consumption, providing multi- vitamins to our body.
Beer is rich in vitamin B and richest with B3 also known as the Niacin. There are about 1.828 milligrams of Niacin in a 12-oz glass of beer. Beer also consists of other nutrients such as vitamin B6, Pantothenic Acid, other B vitamins, Choline, Flavonoids. Well, with these many things in the beer, sure its one of the health drink.
Below is a table showing the content of all the vitamins in a beer based on USDA reports.
|Vitamin and nutrients of beer||Contains per 12-oz glass of beer|
|Vitamin B6||0.164 mg|
|Pantothenic Acid||0.146 mg|
|Vitamin B12||0.07 mg|
5. Prevents Strokes
Yet again, you might feel its impossible for alcohol to reduce the risk of stroke, because many alcoholics are prone stroke and it has also proved fatal. The real culprit though is ‘Excess’, heavy alcohol consumption leads to high blood pressure ischemic strokes and hemorrhagic strokes. But when the same consumed in moderation it can reduce the risk of increase in blood pressure and helps in preventing strokes. Beer improves the blood circulation and reduces the blood pressure which significantly decreases the risk of ischemic and hemorrhagic strokes. The antioxidants present in beer provides a good source of oxygen which helps in overall development of the body.
4. Keeps Brain Young
We cannot stop our body from ageing, but we can surely try to keep our minds young and healthy. When our minds are healthy and feels young, our body also can live more healthily. According to Dr. Edward. J. Neafsey’s paper published on ‘Neuropsychiatric Disease and Treatment’ in the year August 2011, light to moderate drinking of beer may reduce the risk of cognitive decline and dementia. According to him those who consumed beer in moderation reduced their risk of dementia including Alzheimer’s disease by 23 %. According to the doctor’s explanation the small amount of alcohol stresses the brain cells just a little bit and for this the brain cells respond by producing more protective compounds. Because of this reason, when there is any stress, the brain remains unaffected and gives you the strength to stay calm which makes you feel good and young.
3. Good for hair growth
If beer can provide so many health benefits than there must be something for the beauty as well. Here is one such benefit for all those who want beautiful hair, well, who doesn’t want beautiful hair? Beer though a drink, also acts as a conditioner for our hair. The contents of hops and malt in beer acts as an exceptional ingredient for hair growth and makes it more healthy. Hence when you rinse your hair with beer and wash it off after few minutes, it gives a shine to the hair and some claim it also helps with damaged hair. So next time when you have had enough to drink and there is still some left. Pop them up and save yourself from chemical conditioning
2. Cures Insomnia
Lying in your bed for hours and still not able to fall asleep? You spent the entire night tossing and tuning like the hands of clock perched atop your table? Insomnia is a condition which is associated with many health conditions and can be cured with the help of a doctor. Medication prescribed also have side effects sometimes. Drinking beer helps to cure this condition as well, because of the presence of hops in it. The hops consists of a chemical called as dimethylvinyl carbinol which is known to be a sedative and has a relaxing effect. Some use these hops directly for a stronger effect which can make you fall asleep almost immediately and drinking beer definitely helps you to fall asleep sooner than later.
1. Cures Gallstones and Kidney Stones
Small and hard lumps produced by the concretion of mineral salts found in the ducts of the gall bladder or kidney’s are called as the gallstones or kidney stones. These cause a lot problem with the urinary tract and gives a lot of pain to the patient. Because of this one needs to be careful with their food, as some foods can increase the condition. Gall bladder interacts directly with the liver, and heavy consumption of alcohol can be harmful However, moderate beer consumption’s has its benefits on these gallstones. Beer helps in breaking down of these salt stones and helps in getting better. The moderate level depends on person to person. So consult your doctor before you add beer to your diet to reduce gallstones and find out how much is your moderation level.
Note: Any drink consumed over its limits will have its bad effects on the body, and beer although has health benefits, do not mean it is safe to drink on a regular basis. Alcohol consumption have their own disadvantages, and getting addicted is one of them. Hence, even though beer have health benefits it should be consumed moderately, and its not the one stop solution for ill health conditions.