Beer is one of the most commonly consumed alcoholic drinks. After wine, beer is considered as the healthiest alcoholic beverage of all. We all know the health benefits of red wine, especially for the heart. However, beer is another healthy alcohol after red wine. If you are a hard core beer lover, here are few surprising health benefits of beer, the chilled drink that you can enjoy only if you drink moderately.
Nutritional benefits of beer
Beer contains B complex vitamins namely B2, B12 and B6. These vitamins promote the growth of haemoglobin in the body.
Chilled beer has calcium, iron, zinc, potassium, silicon, sodium, magnesium etc that are healthy for the body and bones.
It is believed that having beer can make you fat. However, beer is low in carbohydrates. So, if you are on low carb diet, you can have a pint of beer without worrying much.
Health benefits of beer
According to Harvard University, studies have shown that drinking a pint or two of beer regularly has leads to a decline in the chances of cardiovascular diseases. This is because beer increases the HDL (good cholesterol) levels. Higher HDL levels improve the flow of blood into the heart. This prevents the chances of heart blockage. Beer also has folate (water soluble vitamin B) that lowers the risk of coronary diseases to a great extent.
Beer is a drink to strengthen the bones of your body. Beer has calcium, iron and silicon that strengthens bones and improves their growth. Do not drink more than a pint or else chances of fracture can increase. Studies in Tuff University suggests that beer strengthen bones but gulping down more than two drinks can be harmful for the bones.
Beer is good for kidneys. This is one of the surprising health benefits of an alcoholic drink. You might have heard people asking you to avoid alcohol as it damages the kidneys. But beer is a beverage that prevents you from getting kidney stones. Beer has about 90% water that avoids dehydration and flushes out toxins from the kidneys. This stops you from developing stones in your kidneys.
It is believed that beer can prevent the chances of suffering from Alzheimer's disease. A study conducted in 2005 showed older women who drank moderate amount of beer (1 drink a day) had a better mental state when compared to non-drinkers.
Beer also lowers blood pressure. A Harvard University study has shown that moderate consumption of beer lowers blood pressure. This prevents you from developing heart blockage.
These are few health benefits of beer. Moderate consumption of this alcoholic drink is healthy for the body but an excess of anything is always bad.