Beer can have some awesome health benefits if it’s consumed in moderation. (Yes, the key is moderation.) From heart benefits to bone and brain benefits, there are a few reasons why you shouldn’t deprive yourself from enjoying an ice cold brew.
1. It can lower your cholesterol
Beer has some properties that make it good for your heart. Actually, one study found that moderate, daily drinking (roughly two drinks for men, one drink for women) could help you maintain lower cholesterol. The study’s findings were presented to the American Heart Association, and it has been suggested in other studies that moderate drinking (beer or wine) can have heart-healthy benefits.
2. It can reduce your risk of diabetes
According to a study done on 70,000 Danish participants, moderately drinking beer or wine each day proved to lower one’s risk of diabetes. It’s possible that alcohol’s ability to maintain steady cholesterol could have played a role in the lower diabetes risk, but the connection still needs to be researched. Experts did say, however, that only three to four drinks per week should be consumed for the best results — either beer or wine. The researchers suggested that those who consumed hard alcohol actually had a greater risk of developing the disease.
3. It can help prevent Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s
Hops, which are used in flavoring beer, contain a compound that may protect our brains more than once thought. Beer was often looked at as a bad drink, especially once the health benefits of wine became widely known. But actually, a compound in hops may help slow the development of cognitive diseases like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s. The compound, known as xanthohumal, was found by researchers to protect neuronal cells and slow brain problems. In past studies, hops have also been found to provide cardiovascular protection and cancer protection.
4. It can boost bone health
Can beer help build better bones? Experts say yes. A 2010 study found that beer’s silicon content may help promote bone growth as well as connective tissue growth. It can also prevent against bone-deteriorating diseases like osteoporosis. The researchers also said that beer containing high levels of hops and malted barley will provide the most bone benefits. India Pale Ales (IPAs) should be the beer of choice if you’re looking for stronger bones. This is because the beers with more hops also contain more silicon.
5. It may help you live longer
Studies suggest beer can prolong your life overall. Moderate drinking has shown to have positive effects on the lifespan, according to research presented at the American Association for the Advancement of Science’s 2018 conference. The research found that moderate drinking (two or fewer glasses of beer or wine per day) was associated with an 18% drop in a person’s risk of early death, Time reported. The effects actually proved to be stronger than the effects of exercise, but more research would still need to be done to draw that conclusion. The reasons beer might prolong the lifespan could be a combination of the reasons above. It can help your heart, brain, and bones, plus lower your risk of certain diseases. All of those are a perfect recipe for a longer life.