There’s nothing more manly than beer. Men’s Health explains how this simple drink gets a man through the hard times.
For sure, men love their alcohol. The average guy drinks about 23 gallons of beer, 15 pints of wine and 10 pints of spirits every year. All in all, each year, about 200 million barrels (that’s 6.2 billion gallons) of beer are produced.
Keep in mind that old saying “everything in moderation.” If you don’t, then drinking too much will have the opposite effect on your heart, your liver, your bones, and completely erase any benefits you might gain.
So what is considered a moderate amount of beer? Experts say that for men it’s two, 12-ounce beers a day; for women one, 12-ounce beer a day.
So as long as you don’t over-imbibe, here are some ways that beer is actually good for you.
Beer contains natural antioxidants and vitamins, and dark beers that go through very a high temperature roasting process contain more of these than lighter brews. And, if you drink a dark beer that contains fruits with even more antioxidants in them, you can boost this benefit even more.
Beer is a great way to keep hydrated since it is over 90 percent water. And, a recent study indicates that beer can help prevent kidney stones. This is likely due to beer’s high water content and ability to prevent dehydration. There is also evidence that the hops in beer may prevent kidney stones by slowing bone’s release of calcium, a main contributor to kidney stones.
The soluble fiber in beer can help lower the risk of heart disease. Like other fiber-rich foods like oats or barley, it can help lower the “bad” LDL cholesterol levels.
Beer can help strengthen your bones. Beer is rich in the element silicon, which has been linked to better bone density.
Moderate amounts of alcohol can also help reduce stress, decrease anxiety and self-consciousness, and improve your mood. Beer in particular has plenty of nutrients, such as protein, B vitamins, phosphorus, magnesium, selenium, iron, niacin, and riboflavin.
Beer can also be unhealthy
One of the most common harmful effects of alcohol is on the liver, the organ that removes toxins from the body. In the liver, enzymes first convert alcohol into acetaldehyde, a chemical intermediate that can cause nausea, headache, vomiting, and other bad effects of alcohol ingestion. During this step, a molecule called NADH is also produced.
So before you go out and celebrate with a few pints, keep in mind that all of the studies above point out that beer is only healthy if you drink moderately. Some scientists even consider the health benefits of alcohol for moderate drinkers to be controversial due to the variations in the methodologies of the studies.
It’s a good idea to drink local brews to support the local community and the environment.
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