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Beer and Its Health Benefits

If you read newspapers or listen to the radio, you are constantly informed of the multitudes of health-related problems besetting countries all over the world. You hear cases involving people who are suffering from heart attacks, kidney diseases, cancer and other illnesses. However, you don’t get to hear stories or reports involving a pretty easy yet bittersweet answer to most of these illnesses – beer.

Yes, beer. As in malt. As in barley. Beer.

So if you’re thinking exactly how beer can help keep your heart and overall health in tip top shape, read on.

Studies have shown that drinking two bottles of beer a day for men and a single bottle of better for women can actually be good for the heart. A study was conducted by Tufts University and according to such study, the consumption of beer in moderate amounts can actually decrease one’s cholesterol level as well as reduce the amount of fibrinogen in the blood (this is a protein that is responsible for blood clotting). Not only that, it can help increase the level of antioxidants in the body. Bear in mind that the advice is merely one or two bottles of beer a day.

Which brings us to the question – are all beers created equally, though?

Experts say – no, not really.

This is because although one can get health benefits from all beers, the ones considered as dark beers are actually the ones better for your health compared to those considered as lighter colored beers. Compared to light beer, dark beer contains more flavonoids – these come from plants and are also found in chocolate and red wine. Flavonoids have been found effective in preventing cancer and in promoting a healthy heart and are also very present in apples.

Moreover, if heart illnesses run in your family, you may want to listen to the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. The said academic institution found in their research that drinking a moderate amount of beer daily can decrease your risk of coronary disease by about thirty to forty percent.

This is a great study to show your wife when she complains about you drinking a bottle of beer or two every evening. Now you can readily reply: “Sorry honey but I’m doing it for us, not for me.” And maybe an excuse to get yourself a Draught beer dispenser.

Beer drinkers may no longer switch to wine if they want to get the health benefits of alcohol, because now they can get them from their favorite beverage. Of course, if you want more information about the effects of beer on your health, you should definitely consult your physician. Beer drinking can be dangerous for people who have certain health conditions or who take some medications. If you are already a casual beer drinker, you don’t have to give it up to enjoy a healthy lifestyle.

Beer, anyone?

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