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Seven Reasons Why Drinking Beer Is Actually Good For You, According To Science
By Azira Amran, 29 Jul 2016
Yep, you read that right. When taken in moderation, drinking beer can actually have plenty of health benefits, reducing cholesterol, preventing kidney stones and even possibly helping to fight cancer.
However, before you break out the beer bong, take note: all of these benefits will only come with moderate beer drinking. Any more–or even less–is likely to have zero health benefits or might even have adverse consequences.
Now with that PSA out of the way, feel free to enjoy these seven factoids collated by Men’s Health that will make you feel a little more at ease next time you head out for a night at the bar.
Beer Reduces Your Risk Of Getting Heart Disease
More than 100 scientific studies made the link between moderate drinking and a reduced risk of heart attack.
Beer Could Lower Your Risk Of Type Two Diabetes
A study by the American Diabetes Association found a 30 percent reduced risk of type two diabetes in people who drank about three cans of beer a day.
Beer Can Increase Your Bone Density
Darker, hoppier ales tend to have a higher amount of silicon. This silicon helps bone and connective tissue health, potentially helping to fight osteoporosis as well.
Beer Can Prevent Dementia
A compound found in beer hops called ‘xanthohumol’ can help protect against oxidative stress and might help fight the onset of dementia, keeping your brain sharp.
Beer Can Reduce Your Cholesterol
One or two drinks a day might help to promote healthy cholesterol (or HDL) in your body.
Beer Can Prevent Kidney Stones
Each bottle of beer you consume a day can reduce your risk of getting kidney stones by a whopping 40 percent.
Beer Could Potentially Fight Cancer
The same compound that could prevent dementia, ‘xanthohumol’, might also help to fight cancer after researchers in Germany found that it blocks excessive testosterone, reducing the chance of prostate cancer in men.
[via Men’s Health Singapore]
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