Beer is the water of the gods and froth of legends. The magical combination of barley, wheat, and water is one of the amazing wonders of the world.
Unclad yourself of all the bad things you have heard about beer, there are surprising benefits of this frothed drink that will make you just want to keep drinking. Not only is it refreshing and a good way to unwind at the end of the day, beer offers essential benefits to keep you healthy and disease-free.
The important thing is to drink responsibly – like a boss.
Here are 10 amazing goodies that beer bestows on your health:
Just like red wine, beer has been proven to be very useful in preventing cancer. Xanthohumol, the flavonoid compound found in the hops commonly used in brewing beer helps in the chemoprevention of cancer, including prostate cancer.
Increases Bone Density
Fractures and osteoporosis are things one can least fear when one takes beer in mild quantities. This is because it has compounds that increase bone density, making it strong and able to withstand hard hits.
Rich in Vitamin B
Beer has been confirmed to be rich in B vitamins from the yeast. When unfiltered, beer contains rich amounts of vitamins B3, B6 and folic acid (B9). B3 aids in cell repair and B6 ease PMS. Folic acid aids in colon cancer prevention.
Reduces Risk of Heart Disease
Forget that fable that red wine is healthiest alcohol drink, beer is equally as healthy especially when it comes to reducing the risk of heart disease. A Kaiser Permanente study says the risk of suffering heart disease for beer drinkers were lower than for wine or whiskey drinkers.
Ever had a cold glass of beer at the end of a stressful day at work? Please try it and come back to give the testimony. Beer has been proven to reduce high-level stress. Mayo Clinic confirms that moderate consumption of beer reduces stress and anxiety, known contributors of heart disease. By moderate, that is, 12 ounces per day for women and 24 ounces per day for men.
It Boosts Creativity
According to a study in the journal Consciousness and Cognition, a glass or two bottles of beer is sure to shoot up your creativity. In a study performed, it was noticed that while 40 men watched a movie and completed verbal puzzles at the same time, the ones who had their blood alcohol level up by 0.75 solved the problems a few seconds faster than their sober counterparts.
Here comes Xanthohumol again! Yes, we know that intoxication from a beer can lead to short-term memory loss, but the compound in the hops used to flavour beer has been proven to help protect the brain from degenerative disorders, such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.
Rich in Fibre
Beer is rich in fibre which is a natural laxative and relaxes the stomach walls. Beer also prevents food from leaving the stomach pretty quick, thereby slowing down appetite and ultimately preventing overeating.
Acts as a Diuretic
Yes many of us are still pretty pissed at the rate in which beer takes us to the urinary. Well, it turns out that is just a blessing in disguise because the frequent urinating is the beer acting as a diuretic and helping to keep the kidney clean from stones, as well as the removal of toxins and waste materials from the body.
Beer is Food
Surprised? Don’t be. Beer contains all the essential balanced diets that make up a good meal. Water, alcohol, protein, fibre, energy carbohydrate, B vitamins, calcium, copper, phosphorus, magnesium, silicon, zinc, iron….just name it. Beer has it all.
So go ahead and have a quick fix of cold beer next time you are hungry and cooked food is far-fetched.