Beer often carries a negative connotation as people gain weight and have big beer bellies after consumption. However, moderate consumption of beer can provide certain benefits for the human body. Beer consumption can:
- Contribute to daily nutrient intake
Different types of researches conclude that beer contains more important nutrients than wine such as protein and vitamin B. Its antioxidant content is different from that of wine as well due to the different flavonoid properties in barley and hops compared to grapes. Beer also has more phosphorus, folate, niacin, fiber, silicon and some prebiotics that are good for the digestive system.
- Lower diabetes risk
Several researches conclude that people who drink beer are less likely to get diabetes than those who drink.
- Boosts heart health
Research also concludes that people who drink beer in moderation had the slowest drop in low cholesterol levels which in turn are less likely to get cardiovascular diseases. For those that have already suffered heart attacks, they were less likely to die.
- Improves bone health
The silicon present in beer also helps build strong bones and maintain bone density.
- Improves brain power
Silicon also prevents cognitive diseases such as Alzheimer’s and dementia. The good cholesterol in beer also improves blood flow to the brain. Beer drinkers are also more likely to be mentally efficient.
- Clean teeth
Research also shows that beer prevents bacteria that produces biofilm and causes tooth decay as well as gum disease. This is due to beer extracts blocking bacterial activity.
- Helps in inflammation reduction
Research shows that hops, a necessary ingredient in beer has anti-inflammatory characteristics which helps in preventing inflammation.
- Lengthens lifespan
Lower cholesterol levels and risk of diabetes followed by a stronger heart all play a role in the ability to live longer. However, it should not be a reason for one to binge drink as overconsumption can negatively affect health.