MEDI-TRIVIA VOL 5: Five Surprising Health Benefits from Beer
Beer is one of the most popular and old breverage in the world and it has been my personal favorite. It has four main basic ingredients: barley, water, hops and yeast and undergoes through a process where sugars are extracted from grains or barley and placed in a vessel where yeast is added and undergoes fermentation. The yeast consumes the sugars and excretes alcohol and carbon dioxide as waste products.
Probably, most of you have already heard about alcohol addiction or unhealthy results from drinking beer. But don't feel guilty about drinking a bottle of beer because a moderate beer consumption is actually good for you. You can have one can or a bottle of beer during special occasions as long you are in control.
Here are some surprising health benefits that might change your perception on beer.
1. It prevents kidney stones.
Because beer has a diuretic effect, it helps flush harmful toxins out of the body thus keeping the kidneys working properly. This was a study conducted in Finland that saying moderate consumption of beer can reduce the risk of developing stones by 40 %.
The hops that were added during the process in making the beer is a natural preservative and adds bitterness to balance the sweetness of the sugars. It also slows down the release of calcium from bones thus prevents the build up lost calcium in the kidney in the form of stones.
2. It aids in lowering the risk of diabetes.
Another contribution of hops according to a research conducted in Japan is that is significantly reduce blood glucose and hemoglobin A1c levels. Also, the alcohol content in beer increases insulin sensitivity aids int the prevention of diabetes.
3. It strengthen bones.
Beer is also a significant source of a dietary silicon which is essential for the growth and development of bone and connective tissue thus help reduce the risk of osteoporosis. There are already studies suggesting that the moderate beer drinking can help fight osteoporosis.
4. It helps fight against cancer.
Another contribution of hops is that it contains an antioxidant known as Xanthohumol. According to the OSU's Linus Pauling Insititute that xanthohumol is one of the more significant compounds for cancer chemoprevention they have studies. Moderate beer consumption can aid in the prevention of prostate cancer in men.
5. It can reduce the risk of stroke.
A study from the University of Barcelona and the Cardiovascular Research Center pointed our that a moderate consumption of beer together with a healthy diet can help prevent major cardiovascular complications. They have found 50 types of polyphenols, which when ingested, contributes beneficial effects on blood pressure or lipids.
If you have read articles regarding a healthy lifestyle, the limit of alcohol intake or moderate consumption is always advised. Because anything too much is always hazardous.