Seems unbelievable? Then you must read several other reasons to go bottoms up a bottle of beer tonight.
High on fibre
Those late night dinner parties when you binged like crazy, did it upset your tummy? If you had beer, that shouldn't be the case. An independent study has found beer to be rich in fibre. Dark beer contains up to 1 gm of soluble fibre in each 300 ml mug. Moreover, beer prevents over eating by keeping the food in stomach for longer time. So you feel full even hours after you had beer. Study says, this isn't unhealthy rather a signal to stop you from grabbing extra bites.
Beer Prevents Alzheimer's
Alzheimer's is a disease that causes loss of memory and Dementia. In India, about 4 million people in the age bracket of 50-80 are suffering from it. Solution lies in a mug of beer. Interpreted as one of the most notable health benefit of drinking beer, prevention of Alzheimer's is credited to silicon content in beer, which protects the brain from harmful effects of high amounts of aluminium in the body. Also, a research paper published in Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry suggests chemical, called xanthohumol or Xn found in beer could help protect brain cells from oxidative damage associated with Dementia.
Beer Lowers cholesterol
Lifestyle diseases are at its peak, thanks to our complex eating habits. Doctors opine, bad cholesterol (LDL) is majorly responsible for high blood pressure, heart diseases and what not. Did you try that barley therapy? Err... I meant beer therapy. Brewing beer requires barley, which contains a type of soluble fibre known as beta-glucans, naturally occurring polysaccharides. This helps in lowering the bad cholesterol levels in your body. Pair your beer with sea food to get better results.
Less chance of a heart attack
Yes, you read it right! Orthodox opinions can stand aside. People who indulge in beer have 40%-60% reduced risk of suffering a heart attack when compared to non beer drinkers. A study conducted at Italy's Fondazion di Ricerca e Cura involving around 200,000 subjects showed that occasional beer drinkers have 31% reduced chance of heart ailments. A research team based at the University of Scranton, in Pennsylvania, has found that dark ales and stouts can reduce the incidence of atherosclerosis - when artery walls become furred-up with cholesterol and other fatty substances, according to a news report in Daily Mail.
Naturally, beer contains an antioxidant, phenol, which keeps hearts healthy. However, note that heavy drinkers of beer have increased rate of heart attack.
No Kidney stones
Beer a day, keeps kidney stones at bay. That's right! Previously known for increasing the risk of it, beer actually keeps kidneys healthy. Beer contains 93% of water, which flushes your kidneys and washes away the toxins. The Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology has shown that beer effectively reduces risk of kidney stones by 41%, when compared with other sugary beverages and colas.
Less chances of diabetes
Researches have shown that alcohol content in beer increases insulin sensitivity in blood, which helps prevent diabetes. However, note that we are talking about moderate drinking. A 2011 study by Harvard has shown that people who drank one or maximum two beers twice a week have 25% less chance of developing type 2 diabetes.
High on Vitamin B
Vegetarians often suffer from Vitamin B 12 deficiency, which is readily available in animal products. This deficiency leads to immune system disorders and anaemia. One good thing about beer is it contains several Vitamin B (B1, B2, B6 and B12). So a mug of beer twice or thrice a week actually enhances your vitamin B intake. Moderate habit of drinking beer helps gain Vitamin B 12, which isn't available in many foods.
Less chances of cancer
As stated earlier beer contains xanthohumol. It is a rare chemical compound and found only in hops, an ingredient found in beer. Study conducted in German Cancer Research Centre in Heidelberg showed that beer contains xanthohumol, which reduces chance of prostrate cancer in men. Moderate drinking of beer also reduces chance of breast cancer in women.
So, time to bring on that beer mug and say cheers to good health! But don't forget, only 1-2 mugs and that too thrice a week deliver good health benefits. Anything over and above this would have adverse effects on your health!