Sunday, October 25, 2015

15 scientifically proven reasons that explain why you should drink more beer

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Virginia Tech researchers found that regular, moderate beer drinkers were 19% less likely to die during a given time period than people who never touch a drop.

Virginia Tech researchers found that regular, moderate beer drinkers were 19% less likely to die during a given time period than people who never touch a drop.


Beer is good for your kidneys. Seriously. Researchers in Finland have discovered that beer keeps your kidneys from developing kidney stones. Although it isn’t clear why, men who drank beer and had a higher magnesium intake during the study had as much as 40% reduced probability of getting kidney stones.


Beer has fiber in it, which helps with digestion and helps fill you up quickly, so you don’t go on the snack offensive. Also, more dietary fiber leads to lower risk of diabetes, heart disease and gut problems.


Beer’s a source of B vitamins. The best source of B vitamins seem to be fermented things, and beer beats wine in that category by as much as 30%. The dark and stronger the brew, the better it is for your health. Beer also contains some much-coveted B12 and folate. But keep in mind that alcohol devalues B12 absorption, making beer an unreliable supplement.


It has antioxidants! Dark Trappist beers in particular tend to have a high number of antioxidants, part of which may indeed help save you from heart attacks. The verdict isn’t in on that one, but one thing is certain, it’s another excuse to grab a cold one.


Hot beer served with a couple of teaspoons of honey makes for a great cold remedy. According to Japanese researches the hops in the beer, when heated, help fight viral infections like the common cold. The active compound itself (humulone) could combat pneumonia and bronchitis-causing viruses.


Beer can help against Alzheimer’s. A phytochemical found in hops happens to fight cognitive diseases, keeping your brain sharp and healthy well into your years. Not only that, but a slight buzz has been shown to boost creativity.


Beer can be a great post-workout drink. Spain discovered that beer helps hydrate better than a glass of water after a good workout. Testing this on students at Granada University, he also discovered that the carbonation and carbohydrates in beer leads to better post-workout recovery, due to the replenished calories.


Beer has less calories than orange juice. A pint of Guinness gives the body less to burn than the equivalent amount of orange juice.


Beer can help stave off cancer risks. Remember that chemical compound known as xanthohumol that keeps your mind sharp into old age? Well, that same compound may actually help you fight and inhibit cancer-causing enzymes.


Beer can help fight cataracts. Antioxidant-rich beers (lagers, stouts, and other dark brews) help fight off cataracts and protect your eyes – in moderation. Researchers have determined that three or more drinks a day counteracts the benefits, putting you right back where you started.


Among other things, beer is antimicrobial and assists in achieving better vaccine responses in the body. Too much alcohol however, offsets these gains.


Beer helps combat gallstones. Alcohol and caffeine has led to a decrease in the development of gallstones, which is a mixture of bile, cholesterol and calcium.


A study in the New England Journal of Medicine found that women who had one alcoholic drink a day were less likely to find their mental faculties declining as they grow older.


A study at UCL found there wasn’t actually much scientific evidence behind the idea of beer giving drinkers the distinctive ‘beer belly’. The researchers wrote, ‘There is a common notion that beer drinkers are, on average, more ‘obese’ than either non-drinkers or drinkers of wine or spirits. The association between beer and obesity, if it exists, is probably weak.


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