BYÂ MATT ESSERT
For a lot of people, you don't need to list that many reasons to drink a beer. With so many varieties, it can be a cool and refreshing drink on a hot summer's day or a hearty mouthful on a cold winter's night. But there's another reason to imbibe: your health. There are actually at least five different health benefits you can get from drinking a modest amount of beer.
Reduce Your Risk of Heart Disease
Because alcohol can increase HDL, the "good" type of cholesterol, and decrease the chances of hardening arteries or thickening blood, drinking beer may help to reduce the risk of coronary heart disease.
Aging Better for Women
Specifically for women, a Harvard study concluded that moderate alcohol consumption could older women retain some of their mental facilities. Also, a Tufts University study found that alcohol could help preserve bone density. Plus, someÂ bioflavonoids found in hops have similar properties as oestrogens, which can help post-menopausal women with hormone replacement therapy.
Avoid Kidney Stones
A study published in theÂ American Journal of Epidemiology found that middle-aged men who regularly drank beer had a 40% lower risk of kidney stones when compared to non-beer drinkers.
Getting Your Vitamins
According to a Dutch study conducted at the TNO Nutrition and Food Research Institute, people who drink beer could have as much as 30% higher levels of vitamin B6 in their blood than non-beer-drinkers and twice the amount of red-wine drinkers. Prevent Cancer Some recent studies have shown that xanthohumol, a compound found in hops, might be able to help inhibit a family of enzymes that can activate the cancer process. The compound is also being linked to being able to break down carcinogens and reduce the oxidization of LDL, the "bad" cholesterol.
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