According to AND and the latest research, drinking beer in moderation, can possibly help:
Lower the risk of heart disease. Beer, especially dark beer, pours up about a gram of soluble fiber in each 12-ounce bottle compared to none in wine. Research suggests that consuming adequate amounts of soluble fiber-rich foods such as oats, barley, pears, and dried beans, as part of a healthy diet, can help lower the LDL “bad” blood cholesterol levels in the body. Also, the hops and malt in beer provide polyphenols, specifically, flavonoids, which can act as heart-healthy antioxidants, among other things, in your body. Lastly, any source of alcohol, whether it comes from wine, liquor, or beer increases the level of the HDL “good” cholesterol in your blood.
Lower the risk of kidney stones in men. It appears that compounds in hops, by slowing the release of calcium from the bone, help limit kidney stone formation.
Build strong bones. Beer is rich in silicon, an element which is linked to stronger bones. Keep in mind that excessive alcohol consumption, no matter the source, can weaken your bones.
What’s moderation? For men who choose to drink, moderation is considered up to 2 drinks daily, and for women, it’s up to one drink a day. A drink is considered 5 ounces of wine, 1.5 ounces of liquor, or 12 ounces of beer.
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