We all know about the dreaded beer belly, but can beer actually be beneficial to your health? Studies have been done that show red wine may be good for your heart, but I’ve always been more of a beer fan. I did some research to discover whether my beverage of choice was doing me more harm than good.
Beer and Bone Density:
A 2009 study done by Tufts University researchers studied the association between alcohol intake and bone mineral density. What they found was moderate consumption of alcohol may be beneficial to bone in men and postmenopausal women. In men, high liquor intakes (more than two drinks a day) were associated with significantly lower BMD.
Beer and Heart Disease:
Moderate alcohol consumption (one 12 oz. beer a day from women, two for men) has been shown to boost “good” cholesterol, in turn reducing your risk for heart attack and stroke.
Beer and High Blood Pressure:
Researchers at Harvard studied moderate alcohol consumption and the risk of hypertension in young women. What they found was that, “there was a suggestion that light-beer drinking was inversely associated with risk of hypertension.” And that “light-beer drinking was protective against chronic hypertension.”
Vitamins and Minerals:
Beer does contain some important vitamins. Who knew? Beer contains several B Vitamins which help cells burn fats and glucose for energy. Others help make neurotransmitters, like serotonin. You can also get carbohydrates, potassium, fiber and magnesium all from drinking a 12 ounce beer. Dark beers also have antioxidants which help reverse cellular damage.
Keep in mind, many of these benefits are associated with moderate beer consumption. A healthy balanced diet and exercise are also critical parts of a healthy lifestyle. Drinking too much can lead to long-term health problems.