How can beer be good for me?

When consumed in moderation (2 or fewer drinks/day for males and one a day for females) beer actually has some health benefits. According to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, latest research confirms that beer can be helpful in:

  1. Lowering the risk of heart disease: Beer, especially dark beer, pours up about a gram of soluble fiber in each 12-ounce bottle. Consuming adequate amounts of soluble fiber-rich foods as part of a healthy diet, can help lower the LDL “bad” blood cholesterol levels in the body. 
  2. Lowering 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.
  3. Building 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 however.
Dr. Michael Roizen, MD
Internal Medicine
People who drink 21 8-ounce beers, or 21 glasses of wine, or 21 shots of whiskey a week have a clear correlation predisposing them to belly fat, independent of all other risk factors. However, drinking one beer a day may help stem the inflammation that contributes to obesity. The bitter compounds that come from hops derived from beer seem to activate PPARs (do-good substances that have an anti-inflammatory effect) in animal studies.
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Drinking moderate amounts of alcohol daily, such as two 12-ounce beers or two 5-ounce glasses of wine, offers some health benefits, especially for the heart. It can reduce your risk of developing heart disease and peripheral vascu...

lar disease, lowers your risk of developing gallstones, and possibly reduces your risk of stroke and diabetes. Anything more than moderate drinking can lead to serious health problems, however, including strokes; pancreatitis; cancer of the liver, pancreas, mouth, larynx or esophagus; heart-muscle damage; high blood pressure; and cirrhosis of the liver. 
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