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Can Beer Really Be Good for You?

The short answer is yes, but there’s a much longer story to tell.

Beer has been around as long as anyone can remember and was present in nearly every civilization, all across classes and cultures. In the United States, the state of beer in 2019 is as strong as ever, and beer is one of the most popular beverages in the country. But it’s more than just a beverage to enjoy with friends or on the patio. When drank in moderation, there are actually several great health benefits associated with drinking a daily beer.

Strong Bones

Recent studies have shown that certain beers contain a high level of orthosilicic acid (OSA), a soluble form of dietary silicon that is used by the body to build strong bones and ligaments. Pale ales made from barley husk and hops tend to have the highest levels of dietary silicon (Si) due to the ingredient content and the lesser degree of heat processing compared to darker malts and roasted barley varieties.

So, if you’re wanting to prevent osteoporosis and bone density loss, it may be time to embrace an appreciation for a high IBU pale ale!

Cancer Resistance

Beer contains a few special components, including lupulone and xanthohumol, that have been shown to fight cancer. Studies with rats revealed that, even in low doses, these chemicals are  effective in protecting the colon and other organs from the damage of carcinogens (cancer-causing agents).

More research needs to be done in regards to how beer can protect the body from cancer, seeing that alcohol abuse can result in significantly higher cancer risks. One drink a day can provide the benefits of the anti-cancer chemicals without over-burdening the liver and stressing the body in other areas.

Heart Health

Considering the painful fact that heart disease remains the leading cause of death in the United States, it may come as a pleasant report to hear that a daily beer can lower your risk of heart disease by as much as 25%!

Beer is a great source of polyphenols. These delightful little plant-based compounds do a great job of protecting the body against free radicals that damage cells. They also reduce inflammation, which is a common contributor to heart disease. Arthur Klatsky, MD, senior consultant in cardiology at the Kaiser Permanente Division of Research in Oakland, says alcohol provides a healthy form of cholesterol and reduces the occurrence of clots in the blood. This, in turn, can reduce your chances of a stroke or a heart attack.

Clean Teeth

Did you know that beer can help your teeth? Studies have shown that extracts from beer prevent the accumulation of biofilm (a fancy word for the gunk that makes your teeth feel slimy) and other harmful bacteria that cause tooth decay and gum disease.

That’s Not All, Folks!

You may be surprised to know there are all sorts of other essential minerals and micronutrients found in beer. Antioxidants, calcium, potassium, magnesium, zinc and phosphorus all play vital roles in good health.

So there you have it: moderate consumption of beer is proven to be a good choice for a healthy life and longevity. No need to let negative stigmas stop you from enjoying a daily drink, just be responsible and know that your body may be better off because of it.

There’s also science to serving beer. Check out the Art and Science of a Perlick Beer System, and learn the key components to a balanced beer system and how that translates to a more profitable bar and beverage program, so you can help your customers stay healthy one beer at a time.

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