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Cheers to Beer: 10 Health Benefits of Drinking Beer

We tend to view beer as a guilty pleasure because of the many disadvantages associated with it. However, you’ll be happy to hear that, when consumed in moderation (yes, I repeat, moderation) the benefits of a standard pint of beer is very good for your health. 

Here is a list of 10 health benefits enjoyed from moderate beer consumption.

1. Beer helps in improving the eyesight

Enzymes and antioxidants found in beer help protect the eyes by preventing mitochondrial damage. According to a study done by the University of Western Ontario, a beer a day can minimize the risk of people developing a cataract.

2. Beer helps cure insomnia.

Beer contains Lactoflavin and nicotinic acid which can help promote sleep. 

3. It cleans your teeth

Studies have shown that beer can keep bacteria from forming and growing on your teeth. 

4. It may help you live longer

According to a study conducted by a psychologist at the University of Texas, people who drink moderately live longer than those who don’t. But don't use it as a license to alcoholism. Excessive consumption of alcohol is harmful to your health. The studies suggest that a healthy amount of beer can add years to your life, given that it positively impacts cholesterol levels, lowers your risk of diabetes and strengthens your heart.

5. Beer flushes out toxins from the body.

Beer can be a good detoxifier. It has diuretic properties which increase urination thus facilitating increased removal of toxins from the body.

6. Beer helps reduce stress.

Scientific studies have found that two glasses of beer a day can reduce work-related stress or anxiety. However, routinely turning to alcohol to help cope with stress may do more harm than good. While alcohol may help with stress reduction in the moment, in the long run it can contribute to feelings of depression and anxiety, making stress harder to deal with. 

7. Beer may help improve memory.

Beer has a secret ingredient that can help improve cognitive function. It’s a flavonoid that helps slow down the degradation process of memory. The chemical could help protect brain cells from oxidative damage associated with dementia. Please note that more studies are being done to support this.

8. Beer strengthens your bones.

Due to its high silicon content, beer may help to build stronger bones. 

9. Beer helps prevent kidney stones.

According studies, drinking moderate amount of beer could help reduce your risk of developing kidney stones.

10. Beer can help protect your heart.

Scientific studies show that moderate beer drinking may make you less likely than those who don't drink to suffer from hearts attacks, strokes or heart disease. 

A note to heavy consumers: This is not a permissive licence to drink in excess. Remember that excessive consumption of alcohol is harmful to your health. Do not drink and operate machines.

Content created and supplied by: Chris_J (via Opera News )

Lactoflavin University of Texas University of Western Ontario

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