Beer and your health: the real story
Hello everyone and welcome to your weekly installment of beer blog goodness brought to you exclusively by Beer Today Beer Tomorrow! I’d like to kick things off with a quick disclaimer, the following information, although highly entertaining and meticulously crafted for your specific enjoyment, is not meant to replace the advice of a certified physician. Always connect with your health care provider on any health and wellness related concerns, issues and questions. Now then let’s get this blog party started.
As I sat back having a juicy and hazy IPA in my newly acquired glass ware I pondered the potential health effects and hazards that this magical drink produces. As we all should know, leading a healthy life style is paramount to prolonging ones existence or at the very least it increases the odds. My wife Rachael is an especially big proponent of this; check out her awesome website showcasing a host of all natural healthcare related products HERE that she personally uses to be in fit tip top shape.
With health and wellness in mind, I decided to pay a visit to Google University and vetted what the experts had to say. It turns out, beer in moderation can be good for you! Yes you read that right, experts agree that beers possessing a modest ABV can produce certain health benefits when consumed in moderation and accompanied by a proper diet and fitness routine. Despite moderation not being my strong point, I was none the less intrigued to read on.
According to Webmd, Harvard researcher Eric Rimm indicated that heavy or binge drinkers may have increased risk of stroke, chronic hypertension, weight gain, colon and breast cancer. With that said if you drink alcohol in moderation (blog buzzword of the day m-o-d-e-r-a-t-i-o-n), beer can have health benefits. According to Rim, the strongest evidence suggests alcohol of any kind can increase good cholesterol. Proper and responsible consumption is key and experts say to limit yourself to no more than one drink per day for women and two drinks per day for men (one drink meaning 12 ounces of beer).
An everydayhealth.com study found a 25 percent lower risk of heart disease in people who drink from one-half to two drinks daily, compared to abstainers. And alcoholic beverages that are rich in polyphenols (like beer!) may be especially good for the heart, according to a 2012 research review. Beer has benefits for people who already have heart disease, as well as for healthy folks. Men who had survived a heart attack were nearly half as likely to die over the next 20 years if they drank a couple of beers a day, Harvard researchers reported in 2012.
The good news keeps rolling; Xanthohumol a chemical found in beer has proven to shrink liver tumors in rats and can also protect brain cells from oxidative damage, according to a 2015 study from China. Austrian researchers reported in 2013 that xanthohumol and other beer ingredients promoted the growth and development of neurons in a lab setting.
An Oregon Health and Science University study cited by menshealth.com indicated that having one or two drinks a day might boost your immune system and fight infections. Scientists vaccinated monkeys against smallpox, and then gave some of the primates’ access to alcohol while others could drink sugar water. The monkeys who drank moderately had better vaccine responses than those who consumed the sugar water.
Dutch researchers analyzed 38,000 male health professionals and found that when men who weren’t big boozers that began drinking moderately over 4 years, were significantly less likely to be diagnosed with type 2 diabetes.
The health benefits of beer have been noted to include anticancer properties, a reduced risk of cardiovascular diseases, increased bone density, the prevention of dementia and coronary disease. Beer has also been known to aid the digestive system, and possess anti-aging properties, as well as treating diabetes, gallstones, kidney stones, osteoporosis, and hypertension (www.organicfacts.net).
Well there you have it, of course I’d encourage you to do your own research and speak to your doctor to learn about the effects of alcohol on your health, but studies indicate that beer is not only good but good for you!
Don’t forget we are only a few days away from the #GreatBeerExpo at the Meadowlands Expo Center on February 4th, 2017
The biggest names in brewing will gather at the Meadowlands Exposition Center at Harmon Meadow, 355 Plaza Dr. in Secaucus, NJ for the seventh annual Great Beer Expo. This beer tasting extravaganza will showcase breweries from around the corner, across the country and around the globe—offering more than 150 beers for this extraordinary tasting event.
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