Chances are, you think of beer as more of an indulgence or guilty pleasure rather than a healthy drink. Although beer is known for containing empty calories and being highly acidic, there are a lot of benefits to drinking beer as well. In this blog, we’re going to talk about five health benefits to beer.
It heals inflammation
According to a study published in Molecular Nutrition and Food Research, the hops in your average beer contains chemicals called bitter acids. In this study, it was found that these bitter acids are effective at fighting inflammation, one of which, humulone, has proven to help prevent and treat viral respiratory infections.
It helps with digestion
According to the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, beer can release gastric acid from stomach cells. Beer with more bitter acids provided a higher release of gastric acid. This substance is important for both digestion and for preventing gut bacteria from growing in your stomach.
It builds strong bones
What’s the first drink that comes to mind when you think of strong bones? Milk? Well, there’s a new opponent in town. Beer contains silicon, a chemical that’s important for building strong and healthy bones. According to the International Journal of Endocrinology, orthosilicic acid, a mineral found in beer, is easy for the body to metabolize. Beers that contain malted barley and hops like IPAs are a great source of silicon.
It’s good for your heart
According to some researchers, beer is a heart-healthy drink, as well as being beneficial to people who already have heart conditions. In otherwise healthy patients, people who drink from one-half to two drinks a day were found to have a 25 percent lower risk of heart disease than people who drank no beer.
It may prevent some cancers
Xanthohumol and lupulone, both found in beer, have both proven to help prevent or treat cancer in rats. With moderate beer consumption, these cancer-fighting ingredients are another great health benefit.
Although beer has many health benefits, it should always be consumed in moderation. Over Drinking can cause significant damage to your liver, cause you to gain weight, and can make you dehydrated. If you’re looking for a great local craft brewery in Denver, look no further than Oasis Brewery. Our new facility is in its finishing stages, and once it launches, you’ll be able to enjoy any one of our award-winning beers. Contact us today or join our Facebook page to learn more.