The great benefits of drinking beer
I would like to start this post just by saying that I know that
there are many horrors of alcohol abuse and that there are many
reasons why drinking alcohol may lead to an early exit but at the
same time I just bottled my fourth batch of home made beer, Barons
Beer actually, and thought that it would be fun to come up with a
great big list of why beer is good for you.
Cancer preventer - A compound found only in hops, which
are used to make beer, have been discovered to prevent cancer. Of
course we all know that hops are an ingredient in beer and
therefore Xanthohumol has high hopes of making beer a new anti
cancer drug. Xanthohumol flavinoids have been tested and its use is
hoped to be a preventative treatment against prostate and colon
cancer and even may be a form of hormone therapy for women.
Getting your vitamins - A friend of mine used to say
there is a pork chop in every glass of beer but recent studies show
that there is vitamin B6 in beer increases the level of vitamin B6
in a beer drinker's blood which has been shown to decrease the
level of homocysteine which increase the chances of heart
Reducing chance of heart disease - alcohol drinkers had
higher levels of high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol, often
called the "good" cholesterol, which is a protective form of blood
fat. The alcohol drinkers also had lower levels of fibrinogen, a
protein that promotes blood clots, as well as elevated levels of
other molecules (platelets) that prevent the clotting and
stickiness of blood cells.
Reduction in Kidney stones - A Finnish-U.S.
beer-drinking, middle-aged men was published in the American
Journal of Epidemiology in 1999. The report stated that an increase
in beer consumption may reduce the risk of developing kidney
stones. Results showed that there was a 40 percent lower risk of
kidney stones in beer drinkers, but the researchers were stumped as
to whether the results were due to water, alcohol or hops.
Defying the bad of X-Rays - Beer helps reduce chromosomal
damage from radiation exposure thanks to beta-pseudouridine.
According to a study by the Japanese researchers from the National
Institute of Radiological Sciences, and the Tokyo University of
Science Blood samples were taken from test subjects before and
after they had drunk about 630ml of beer. Apparently, when the
samples were exposed to X-rays and other types of radiation, after
the subjects had drank the beer their samples showed at least 30%
fewer aberrations in the blood cells.
Memory Booster - A Swedish team has shown that mice fed
with moderate amounts of alcohol grew new nerve cells in the brain.
The full implications of the Karolinska Institute research - which
appears in the International Journal of Neuropsychopharmacology -
are unclear, but Stefan Brene told the BBC: "We believe that the
increased production of new nerve cells during moderate alcohol
consumption can be important for the development of alcohol
addiction and other long-term effects of alcohol on the brain.
Slow the Aging Process - In a study published in the
March issue of International Immunopharmacology, scientists at
Austria's Innsbruck Medical University found that hops, a key
ingredient in beer, affect the production of neopterin, a telltale
sign of inflammation, and levels of the amino acid tryptophan (low
levels are associated with more inflammation.)
Keeps you Awake - Although there is no caffeine in Beer,
beer was found to reduce neopterin production and suppress
degradation of tryptophan, according to a study. (Tryptophan is
also commonly cited as the reason people feel tired after gorging
on Thanksgiving turkey.) "This suppression might be connected with
the calming effect of beer," the researchers note, "since its
normalizing effect on the tryptophan balance improves the
availability of the 'happiness hormone' serotonin.
" And who
wouldn't want happiness to be more available?
OK and now a few more from me.
Relaxation - This is a good one for almost anyone that
has sat on a patio on a spring or summer afternoon. The relaxation
and relief of stress is famous for those having a beer even if the
conversation always seems to turn to those office politics that get
everyone riled up.
Reduces inhibitions - As we all know there are times we
wish that we had gotten up and said something, either to those at
work or a pretty girl at a bar and for this the alcohol in beer is
a very good lubricant to the mind and mouth and will help in those
situations where shyness gets the better of us.
Excuse for bad behavior - although there is no link to
bad behavior and beer, many people have been known to say or do bad
and ridiculous things and in the case where someone had consumed to
much beer before this.well there is a good excuse just waiting to
So the next time someone looks down their nose at you for the
stories that you tell about the night before and the beer that you
drank. Come back here and point out that you were just doing the
healthy thing and having a couple of beers.
Bill Nadraszky is passionate about health and fitness. To learn
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