Seven Health Benefits of Beer

Today we are going to talk a bout the health benefits of beer. We will preface the article by saying that this is with low to moderate drinking. If you drink to excess then beer isn’t good for but you already know that 😊.

1. Beer is good for your heart

There have been several medical studies that indicate beer can reduce the risk of coronary heart disease. The explanation is beer causes a thinning effect on your blood thus reducing the chances of clots forming.

If you reduce the chances of a blood clot then you less likely to get a blockage of your coronary artery.

Beer is good for your heart
Beer can reduce the risk of coronary disease

2. Beer can help boost your mental health

Drinking beer can increase the amount of dopamine in your brain which makes you feel more relaxed and calmer. Also, studies claim beer can protect your brain from neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.

3. Beer can lower your chances of developing kidney stones

One study showed that drinking a bottle of beer every day can reduce the risk of developing kidney stones by up to 40%. Beer contains magnesium and potassium as a result it can help prevent the development of kidney stones.

Health Benefits of Beer

4. Beer is good for your health a skin and hair

There are vitamins in your beer which are preventative and corrective source for acne. Furthermore, it is thought that hops and malt can promote healthy growth of hair.

5. Beer is rich in fiber

Everyone needs to intake fibers, sugar and starches to be healthy. Beer has all three as a matter of course. Fibers can be quite slow/hard in digestion however; they do stimulate the intestinal peristalsis. When you drink beer, it provides fibre content to your body when consumed.

6. Beer could improve your cholesterol

In 2016 a medical presentation by the American Heart Association sessions presented a study involving 80,000 healthy Chinese adults. It stated that moderate drinking could be associated with a slower decrease in good cholesterol over time.

7. Beer could reduce the risk of Type 2 diabetes

There have been several studies linking moderate alcohol intake with a 30% reduced risk of Type 2 diabetes compared to not drinking or excessive drinking.

Man with beer making OK sign
Beer is healthy when drank in moderation

Conclusions

Drinking beer can have several health benefits as you can see the in the 7 facts above. The heath benefits are from low to moderate drinking.

Drinking too much will negate these benefits and will actually impact your health negatively. Please note that women absorb 30% more alcohol then men when drinking the same amount.

Don’t drink everyday and spread out your drinking; having maximum one or two a day when you do. Binge drinking (4 or more in 2 hours) isn’t good for anyone.

Further reading:

  1. Read our article on Brewing with Herbs to see how you can further incorporate healthy ingredients into your beer making.
  2. Read our article 5 Chinese Beery facts for more beer related trivia.

Neil Playfoot

Neil is a brewer with 25 years international brewing experience. Based out of China (first came in 2010) he works as a brewing consultant helping brewers with their projects and brewing processes. To find out what services Neil can provide your brewery please click here. If you'd like to contact Neil you can email at [email protected].
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