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March 14 at 2:47 PMComments: 1 Faves: 0

The Good Brew - Beer Drinkers Get Surprising Health Benefits!

By Erin Froehlich More Blogs by This Author

While beer has traditionally been viewed as pure, tasty, indulgence, there's growing evidence that like wine, there may be more to this delightful fermented beverage. With St. Patrick's day around the corner, let's explore what science has to say about beer. I think it's time this humble, everyman's drink had its due.

With a wealth of B vitamins, antioxidants, and nutrients, it turns out, that holiday pint or two may actually be a boon to your mind and body!

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Beer for Hair Health

Scalp & Hair Moisturizer: The high yeast and B vitamin content of beer is considered one of the best natural remedies for dandruff. However, for best effect a topical application rather than internal use is suggested. Rinse hair with beer 2 or 3 times a week for a healthy, moisturized scalp and softer, shinier hair.

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Beer for Mental Health

Cognition Enhancement: A small study of 40 participants found a blood alcohol level of .075 may provide a small temporary boost in cognition.

Alzheimer's Prevention: Loyola University studies suggest the silicon content in beer may be responsible for 23% reduction in Alzheimer's risk among moderate beer drinkers. (Silicon is believed to protect the brain against the effects heavy metals ( particularly, aluminum.)

Confidence Booster: Beer can provide a temporary boost in confidence. The "beer goggles" effect of perceived increase in attractiveness was not only confirmed by a Georgetown University study, but it was found this effect also impacts our evaluation of our surroundings and of our own attractiveness.

Stress Reliever: Experts speculate the reduced risk of heart attack and stroke gained with moderate beer consumption may be secondary effects of beer's stress and anxiety reducing properties.

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Beer for Eye Health

Cataract Fighter: A Canadian study suggests one daily beer - especially a lager or stout - may reduce the risk of cataracts. They believe this may be due to beer's ability to increase antioxidant activity and combat the free radicals which play a key role in the formation of cataracts. Dark beers, like other richly-toned foods, tend to contain a higher level of cataract-fighting antioxidants.

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Beer for Heart Health

Heart Defender: Multiple studies suggest that phenols from moderate beer consumption may lower risk of heart disease by 30% or more.

Blood Pressure Stability: A Harvard study found the moderate beer drinking may not only reduce risk of high blood pressure or hypertension, it may be a more effective means of prevention than cocktails or wine.

Cholesterol Crusader: The beta-glucans type soluble fiber found in beer may help lower cholesterol levels via moderate consumption.

Stroke Prevention: Increase arterial flexibility and blood flow encouraged by moderate beer drinking may cut risk of stroke by up to 50%!

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Beer for Kidney Health

Kidney Stone Demolisher: Possibly due to the increased urination and/or slowed release of calcium from the bones which beer encourages, a Finnish study found that a bottle of beer a day may reduce the risk of kidney stones by 40%. Experts believe gallstone risk is also decreased by moderate beer consumption.

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Beer for Healthy Bones

Skeletal Strengthener: Though heavy drinking had the opposite effect - consuming three or more beers a day produced a lower bone density - a Tufts university study suggests drinking one or two beers a day may improve bone density (lowering risk of osteoarthritis and breaks) by up to 4.5% compared to non-drinkers.

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Beer for Immune Function

Immune Booster: While heavy drinking reduced immunity, one study suggests moderate beer drinking may lead to better immune response than not drinking at all.

Microbe Buster: The antimicrobial properties of hops may help ward off noxious microbes.

Cancer Fighter: Xanthohumol, an antioxidant exclusive to beer, has been found to have anti-cancer properties. Moderate beer consumption may specifically lower risk of prostate cancer in men, and breast cancer in women.

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  • Lots of benefits of beer! WOW!

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