Is Beer Good for Your Bones?

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Hi, Dr. Miller here with a tip about bone health. If you're a beer drinker, here's a surprising benefit. Beer is a good dietary source of silicone, silicone is a chemical that stimulates collagen production, an important protein that makes bones strong and joint cartilage flexible. People with higher intakes of silicone tend to have better bone mineral density.

Scientists tested the silicone content of a hundred different commercial beers. Most contain between 6 and 57 milligrams of silicone per liter. Brews with the most hops and barley have the most silicon and that silicone is in a good bio available form, so it's easy for your body to absorb and put to work for your bones.

Most people get between 20 and 50 milligrams of silicon per day from their diet. In addition to beer other good sources include bananas and string beans. Now I'm not recommending that you turn into a beer guzzling homosimpson, but if you enjoy an occasional brew, you'll know it's doing your body some good.

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