14 Good Reasons to Drink Beer: Alcohol has long been considered taboo in India and its consumption is looked down upon, especially so in cases of hard drinks like beer. Though wine has always been considered a moral high ground, beer has quite often been shunned as the drink of alcoholics. We still remain ignorant of many good reasons to drink beer.
This is not quite true and recent scientific researches have proven that there are indeed a host of good effects of beer on our body, if drunk in moderate quantities as considered healthy.
Have you been waiting to justify how good a beer is for you? Wait no longer, here are 14 good reasons to drink beer and a chance for you to finally relish that cup of beer and feel like you are doing no wrong!
1) Beer helps in digestion
Most types of dark beer come with high fibre content which can really help in digestion and make your digestive system healthier at the same time.
2) Beer aids in weight loss
Though it is hard to believe, it is definitely true as scientific researchers at the State University of Oregon have found that a compound Xanthohumol, present in beers, can decrease the chances of an individual in developing high BP and obesity.
3) Beer can lower cholesterol levels
It has been found that drinking safe and moderate quantities of beer can benefit us by decreasing the levels of LDL (Low-Density Lipoprotein) cholesterol, which harms our body.
4) Beer can cure insomnia
Beer is considered a natural sleep inducer and has certain chemical compounds such as lactoflavin and nicotinic acid, which are prescribed by physicians to patients suffering from insomnia. Only a spoonful of beer is enough to trigger the effects of the chemicals and induces a calming effect on the brain.
5) Beer can supply Vitamin B complex
A study conducted in Netherlands found that consumers of beer have comparatively higher content of Vitamin B complex in their body. Beer is also a reputed source of B12 which reduces the risk of anaemia.
6) Beer helps prevent cataracts
Researchers at the University of Western Ontario found that beer has a high antioxidant content. This helps to prevent damage to cellular mitochondria in the eye, which prevents the progression of cataracts.
7) Beer can reduce cancer risk
It has been found in a study by the University of Idaho that certain acids present in beers have the ability to reduce bacterial growth. It also restricts the development of cancerous cells in our body.
8) Beer strengthens your bones
Beer is known to contain high levels of silicon, an element that promotes bone growth. Researchers at Tufts University in Massachusetts found that one or two glasses of beer a day could significantly reduce your risk of fracturing bones but more can lead to permanent bone damage.
9) Beer decreases risk of heart attacks
A study by Kaiser Permanente has shown that drinking beer can reduce atherosclerosis, which leads to heart attacks. In fact, beer is more beneficial than wine in reducing the incidence of heart attack.
10) Beer reduces risk of stroke
Harvard University has found in a study that beer drinkers can keep ischemic strokes by drinking safe amounts of beer. This is because beer makes our arteries pliable and increases proper blood flow.
11) Beer can help prevent Alzheimer’s Disease
Having limited beer can prevent Alzheimer’s disease, according to a research at the University of Alcala in Spain. The research has shown that high intake of silicon limits aluminium absorption in the brain. This lowers the risk of Alzheimer’s disease.
12) Beer reduces chances of Type 2 Diabetes
A study by Harvard Institute of Public Health has found that drinking beer increases insulin sensitivity. This lowers the chances of high insulin production and thus aids in preventing diabetes.
13) Beer decreases development of gallstones
Beer can help reduce cholesterol. As cholesterol is linked to gallstones, drinking beer also reduces gallstone risk.
14) Beer increases your creativity
According to a study conducted by a journal, beer can help to boost our creativity and help in improving our output.
Though there are many good reasons to drink beer, we must remember is that nothing is good in excess and thus the consumption of beer can truly be healthy and advantageous for us only if we consume safe and moderated quantities. So have a little bit of beer every day and enjoy the fantastic benefits it provides you with!
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