Beer Health: What Benefits Can You Find In Your Barley Substance?

For The Last Time, Beer IS Good For You People!

Okay, let’s cut the b.s., beer is good for you. Yes, it really is! Why? Because it’s full of healthy ingredients that prevent all sorts of calamities from happening to you, or at least that’s what you should tell your wife. But really, here are some of the wonderful benefits of brews.

Vitamins

Beer actually has a fair amount of vitamins, including vitamin B6, niacin, pantothenic acid, choline, and flavonoids.

Reduced Chance of Heart Disease?

Despite many people believing that beer is a gateway to heart disease, evidence would suggest otherwise. Alcohol drinkers are believed to have higher levels of high density lipoprotein cholesterol, aka the “good” cholesterol.

Kidney Stones

According to Finnish doctors (who doesn’t love Fins?), an increase in one’s beer consumption may reduce the risk of developing kidney stones. Researchers discovered a 40 percent lower risk of kidney stones among beer drinkers. For those of you who haven’t suffered from kidney stones, consider yourselves lucky. They are horrendously painful, and result from long bouts of dehydration and a decrease in urine volume. To get rid of them, you need to pee it out. Not fun kiddos.

Smarter?

This may very well be the most controversial thing we say in this entire article, but studies have shown that when mice are fed with moderate amounts of alcohol they grow new nerve cells in their brain. Henceforth, hitherto, the same can possibly be said about human beings. Maybe. It seems that an increase in nerve cells during moderate alcohol consumption could help prevent alcohol addiction and dependency down the road.

Slow Aging

Don’t laugh at this one. A study published by International Immunopharmacology found that hops in beer affect the production of neopterin, a marker of immune system health.

Cancer Prevention

Another counter-intuitive point, but a compound found in hops has surprisingly been discovered to prevent cancer. Could the beverage ever become an anti-cancer substance? Eh, that’s a bit of a stretch. But if drinking it in moderate levels helps at any extent, that’s certainly a victory for pro-beer advocates. Myself included.

Stress Relief

Speaking from personal experience, a moderate quantity of beer helps in the stress relief department. Don’t recommend you do it everyday, but a beer or two on weekends is a great way to feel better and mitigate your stress levels. Again, don’t go crazy. Just go crazy enough.

On an unrelated note, here is a fun beer fact.

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