Studies all over the world prove that moderate consumption of beer and wine–2 to 3 glasses a day, preferably with your meals– is an excellent contribution to your health. In the Middle Ages, beer was safer to consume than water. And until recently, some countries gave pregnant women a half-pint of stout a day because it was considered nutritious. Now, the industry does a poor job of promoting the good side of beer.
But college students and loyal consumers of this wonderful beverage need to know the real facts to form an educated opinion.
According to “Men's Health Magazine,” sipping on a highly carbonated beer can settle a stomach just like Seven-Up or Sprite. Plus, the alcohol helps buffer pain. In Germany, researchers have shown that beer drinking is associated with a decreased risk for heart disease. Researchers in Canada and the United States presented results of animal studies showing that beer, especially the darker ales and stouts, may reduce the incidence of atherosclerosis and cataracts by as much as 50 percent. Moderate consumption of beer and wine has been included in the Traditional Healthy Vegetarian Diet Pyramid as an option, reported the magazine “Vegetarian Times.” A recent study done by the French National Institute of Health claims moderate amounts of alcohol appear to improve brain function in older women.
What's in a Beer?
The Technical University of Munich concluded that the collection of minerals and trace elements in beer have a “favorable effect on nerves and muscle strength, electrolyte usage, enzyme activation and hormone levels.”
Beer is rich in important vitamins, and most are found in the beer's yeast. The body converts vitamins B1, B2 and B6 into coenzymes that aid in carbohydrate metabolism. They help maintain the integrity of nervous-system functioning, improve your ability to concentrate, support the production of red blood cells and have a positive effect on your blood circulation. Beer also contains liberal amounts of calcium, needed for bone formation and maintenance; phosphorus, involved in metabolism of fats and carbohydrates; magnesium, found to improve endurance and strength as well as heart function; and potassium, which helps maintain fluid balance and functions in nerve transmission. In addition, iron and copper help blood production, zinc is necessary for your pancreas' production of insulin, and fluoride protects your teeth from cavities. Add folic acid and niacin to this list and you have the perfect dietary supplement.
Hops, used as a flavoring in beers, are a better source of antioxidants than red wine, green tea, citrus fruits and soy products. Hops are also beneficial to the urinary tract, and have a cleansing effect on the human body.
Can Beer Make Me Fat?
Beer is comparably a low-calorie drink. A twelve ounce glass of beer has about 160 calories. Only mineral water, coffee and tea, skim and butter milk have fewer calories than beer. So, where do beer bellies come from? It's the nachos dripping with cheese, chips, peanuts, chicken wings and pizza often consumed with beer that add up all the extra energy stored for later use.
Beer also has an important property of optimizing metabolism through relaxation. When we're stressed out, over worked and sleep deprived, we will have hormonal imbalances that increase the production of cortisol – a powerful appetite stimulant that will cause us to overeat and store fat. So, what's the best medicine? That's right, beer. Beer has a calming effect on exhausted nerves and relaxes your muscles.
The shortcomings of any alcoholic beverage come in play when consumed in excessive amounts. Alcohol dehydrates you, it interferes with the absorption of many nutrients and excessive consumption has been linked to health problems such as liver disease, heart disease, high blood pressure, stroke, abnormal heart rhythms, cancer of the mouth, throat and esophagus, decreased immune function, gout and hypoglycemia.
Beer and other alcoholic beverages can be enjoyed on occasion, but in moderation – one or two drinks per day and only. Just pay attention to rehydrating your body. For every glass of beer consumed drink two cups of water. Always take precaution if you are pregnant, nursing, taking medications, or have other health problems.
And of course, do not drink and drive.
What the beer lovers have to say:
“I think this would be a good time for a beer.”– FDR
“I work until beer o'clock.”- Steven King
“Everyone needs something to believe in…and I believe I'll have another beer.”- Steve Phelps
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