Who ever thought there would be health benefits to drinking beer? Well, there are, and scores of them!
Studies have revealed that beer has the same benefits as wine.
Whether you prefer ales, lagers, stout, bitter or wheat beer; studies show that, one drink a day for women or up to two drinks a day for men will reduce the risk of stroke and cardiovascular diseases. It's no secret that stroke is the third leading cause of death in the U.S., and is the main cause of serious, long-term disabilities.
It was proved that, the beneficial effect of beer in reducing the risk of stroke; remained the same for those who drank one beer a day, and those who drank one beer a week.
A researcher at the Texas Southwestern Medical Center reported that, those who consume moderate amounts of beer (one to two a day at the most) have a 30 to 40% reduced risk of coronary heart disease, as compared to those who don't drink.
When compared to red wine, beer contains almost the same amount of polyphenols. Consumption of beer is beneficial for increasing the level of good cholesterol (HDL) in the bloodstream. It also reduces the risk of forming blood clots.
Beer is also excellent as a hair conditioner, as it enhances the shine of your hair. It contains vitamin B6, which prevents build-up of amino acid called homocysteine that has been linked to heart disease.
Some interesting facts for you to ponder upon.
Beer is nutritious, if consumed in moderation.
Beer is free of fat and cholesterol
Beer has a relaxing effect on the body, thereby reducing stress.
It can help you sleep better.
It helps to prevent heart diseases and improves blood circulation.
It promotes blood vessel dilation, sleep, and urination.
On an average, a can of light beer (12 fl oz) contains no cholesterol, no fat, 1.64 grams of carbohydrate, 0.24 gram of protein, and amount to 29 calories. It also contains calcium, potassium, phosphorus, and B vitamins.
Health Risks of Beer
Ever heard of the 'beer belly'? In a German study, Gerard Klose said, "dangers begin to emerge in men measuring more than 94 centimeters around the middle, and become really risky at a girth of 102 centimeters." 'Too much fat', he said, 'makes diabetes, certain forms of cancer and heart disease a distinct possibility.'
High levels of fat accumulated on the body is unhealthy and can cause serious illness. An article in the London Times reports that, fat that collects around the internal organs to form the male beer belly will find its way into the bloodstream, and raise cholesterol. This leads to heart, vascular diseases and stroke. So, drink it in limit.