If you are fond of beer and drink it moderately, it’s time to rejoice, because there are many more benefits to beer than you could have imagined.
The definition of beer is an alcoholic beverage generally made from malted grain, flavored with hops or a carbonated soft drink made with flavor from roots or other parts of a plant. Researchers are constantly coming across various connections between beer and good health. Here’s a look at some of the benefits that will have you reaching for your glass of chilled lager or ale and not regretting doing so at all. Do note that this does not mean you can guzzle beer all the time in the hopes of attaining good health, because, after all, too much of anything is never good for you.
There are four main beer ingredients. These form the basis of all recipes and each one plays an integral part in the beer’s character. Yes there are other ingredients used and they are numerous, but these are the big 4 that make up almost every batch that is brewed today. Water gets very little respect as an ingredient in beer, yet it makes up over 90% of what is in your pint glass. You have a cereal grain to thank for that loopy feeling you get after drinking a few bottles. But before you go charging toward the corn flakes, get the facts on how barley acts as the food source for the yeast in your beer. Malt leaves traces that are generically summed up by an essence of sweetness. Hops are a plant that is gown in many regions of the world, with the Pacific Northwest being the hop-capital in the U.S. Specifically, the Yakima Valley in Washington is responsible for most of the hops that end up in your pint glass.
Beer has some amazing benefits:
Decreases risk of heart disease.
Moderate drinking can reduce the risk for cardiovascular disease. In separate studies at Emory University and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, researchers found that those who drank between one and three alcohol drinks per day saw a 47 percent decrease in risk of heart failure, and a 32 percent decrease in risk of death following a heart attack.
Beer is a good source of vitamin B6 and as mentioned before, this prevents the accumulation of homocysteine, an amino acid that can cause heart and vascular disease.
We all know how important antioxidants are for us to fight the free radicals that cause aging. Research has shown that beer can increase the levels of antioxidants in the body and thus improve the oxygen flow through the cells. When this is accomplished, it’s naturally something really good for the body.
Beer is fat free, which means that it will not add unnecessary calories. However, you have to remember that all this counts only if beer is consumed in moderation because once you go overboard, you can be sure that you will have an unsightly beer belly too.
Beer helps you fight stress
The findings of a study conducted at the University of Montreal showed that the consumption of two glasses of beer daily reduces work-related stress or anxiety.