Beer: Is it Good for You?

Beer: Is it Good for You?

When something is marketed as being beneficial for your health, it’s not supposed to be something you enjoy. That’s the impression anyone who has attempted to “eat healthy” can give you. However, let’s look at healthy foods that you can enjoy, and one of those foods (drinks?) is beer!

Yes, beer.

That delicious stuff in local Vancouver WA breweries that pairs so deliciously with a gastropub burger or healthy dinner of salmon and veg. Web MD says that you shouldn’t just head to the local party barn. These benefits are for moderate drinkers only – one 12 ounce beer per day for women, and two for men. What are some of the benefits of beer? Let’s take a look!

1. Beer has significant amounts of trace minerals, such as biotin, magnesium, and selenium. Unfiltered beer has a whopping dose of B vitamins, too.
2. Light to moderate alcohol intake is associated with lower risk of health problems such as stroke, type 2 diabetes, congestive heart disease, and coronary artery disease.

3. Beer contains dietary silicon, and moderate beer drinkers have 38 percent less osteoporosis – thin and brittle bones that can break easily.
4. Xanthohumol – a compound in hops – has been shown to protect the brain against neurodegenerative diseases such as Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s.
5. Beer can lower blood pressure, and light to moderate beer drinkers have a lower risk for hypertension that wine or cocktail drinkers.
6. Gallstones are painful and you really do not want a gallbladder removal. Drinking beer can positively affect the gallbladder, reducing the risk of throwing a stone and blocking the bile duct.
7. Anyone who has ever passed a kidney stone earnestly desires never to do that again. Good thing that drinking 12 ounces of beer per day can lower your kidney stone risk by 40 percent!

So enjoy the best that Vancouver WA breweries have to offer – keeping that moderation thing in mind – and drink to your health!

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