The Health Benefits And Drawback In The Consumption Of Beer

Beer is produced by brewing and fermentation of the starches, mainly derived from cereal grains, the most common of which is malted barley, although wheat, corn and rice are also widely used.

Most beers are flavored with hops, which add bitterness and act as a natural preservative, though other flavorings such as herbs or fruits may occasionally be included.

Nutritionist claim that beer contains vitamin B and B2 as well as (B6, which is needed to make hemoglobin the red coloring of the blood). It has contained essential minerals like calcium, potassium, phosphorus.

Dark beer is better than colored light beer because it contains more flavanoids which are natural antioxidants that help protect the body from disease. Beer can produce the same benefits as drinking red wine.

As long as it is taken in moderate dose, it can reduce your chances of strokes by 20 percent and reduce the risk of vascular diseases, according to New England Journal of Medicine.

In the US, a study by Texas Southwestern Medical Center reported that moderate amount in consumption of beer have a 30 to 40 percent lower rate of coronary heart disease compared to those who don’t drink.

A study by Tufts University suggests that moderate beer consumption protect bone mineral density especially the elderly whose complaint is the thinning of their leg bones.

In a joint US-Finland study of beer drinking in middle aged men as published in the American Journal of Epidemiology, it said that beer consumption may reduce the risk of developing kidney stones. Results showed that there was a 40 percent lower risk of kidney stones in beer drinkers.

However, on the drawback side, not all is well in the consumption of beer, unregulated consumption of beer risks to develop the so called “beer belly”.

According to a German study, it has outlined the dangers in men whose waistline measuring starting from 94 centimeters (37 inches) and becoming even more at risk at a girth of 102 centimeters (40 inches), that too much fat would end up of distinct possibility in certain forms of cancer, heart disease and diabetes.

The fats accumulated on around the internal organs to form the typically male “beer belly” will also find its way into the bloodstream and in turn raise your cholesterol levels.

Unregulated beer drinking, not moderately taken, would ultimately lost and forfeit its health benefits instead. And it would turn out to be the culprit of what would be a serious health ailment that one may suffer due to excessive beer drinking. As what Thomas Jefferson has said, “Beer if drank in moderation, softens the temper, cheers the spirit and promotes health.”

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