Everyone likes the idea of hearing that one of their alcoholic beverages has health benefits. It is often said that the drink with the greatest benefits is wine, but that is about to change. Several studies have shown this beer can have many health benefits and can be part of a balanced and healthy diet.
It is important to point out that all the advantages that have been found so far are based on the moderate consumption of beer. One of the most important components of beer is xanthumol, a flavonoid found in hops, one of the key ingredients in the brewing process. It was found that xanthumol inhibit cancer growth at the cellular level.
Beer also contains a number of nutrients that are not found in wine or spirits, such as fibers, minerals and B vitamins.. Importantly, each beer has different nutrients. For example, niacin (vitamin B3) is known to help raise “good” HDL cholesterol and lower “bad” LDL cholesterol. However, not all beers contain the same amount of niacinIt depends on the use of beer or rice malt and the presence of residual yeast.
Another great discovery was the result of a study involving German men. It was found that the consumption of alcohol, mainly beer, is associated with a lower rate of coronary heart disease. Other studies have confirmed that drinking beer in moderation reduces the risk of coronary heart disease much more than drinking wine and alcohol.
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Many people consider beer to be a male drink, but women can benefit from moderate consumption. One of the most attention-grabbing results is the relationship between beer and weight gain. An inverse relationship between beer consumption and weight gain was found among 110,000 women over an eight-year period. They also found that women who drink wine and beer are less likely to suffer type 2 diabetes. Furthermore, the consumption of beer had positive results in increase in bone massa in adult women.
Another area where alcohol consumption with health benefits has been studied is dementia and cognitive impairment. It has been observed that light and moderate consumption can protect against these diseases. Beer is the only alcoholic beverage it contains silicon, an important component in the prevention of Alzheimer’s. Silicon prevents the absorption of aluminum, one of the likely culprits of the onset of the disease.
To take advantage of these benefits, the most important thing regarding beer consumption and health is avoid excessive alcohol consumption. Excessive alcohol consumption is considered when the blood alcohol content is greater than 0.08. This translates into having five drinks in two hours for men and four for women.
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