Health Benefits Of Beer
Ok, maybe these aren't 100% confirmed health benefits but according to science, beer really does have some potential health benefits. Hey, potential health benefits are better than no health benefits, so I am all for these new excuses to throw back a few cold ones.
According to Thrillist, beer can help with everything from high cholesterol to better sleep. Here's a break down of the four potential health benefits of your favorite brew:
- It fights weight gain and high cholesterol - According to a study out of Oregon State, xanthohumol ("a natural flavor found in hops and beer") cuts down cholesterol levels. Unfortunately, you have to drink a lot of beer, like 3,500 pints a day, to reap those benefits. I did say these are "potential" benefits of beer, right?
- Beer has post-heart attack benefits - Researchers in Harvard found that men you drank a bottle/can of beer a day were 42% less likely to die from heart disease. And,no, if you drink more beer you are not going to have a super-human heart. Everything in moderation, guys.
- It could prevent Alzheimer's - You may not have known this (I know I didn't), but aluminum is thought to be a cause of Alzheimer's. Another fun fact, beer is thought to limit the ability of aluminum to damage your brain. Basically, drinking beer can help combat Alzheimer's. Cheers!
- Beer may have a positive impact on your sleep cycle - Ok, I'm not gonna lie, this one is a little bit of a stretch because the beer we're talking about is non-alcoholic beer, so I'm not even sure it counts. But a study did find that people who drank O'Doul's before bed fell asleep faster and tossed and turned less.
- It's good for hydration, especially after a workout - If you've ever seen someone down a beer after a long race it's not because they are party animals, there really is research that shows that it hydrates better than water and is a great way to replenish lost carbs.
- It reduces the risk of kidney stones - This is reason enough for me to down a 6-pack, because kidney stones are no fun. A study by the Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology found that people who "drank beer once a day had a 41% lowered risk of developing kidney stones".
For even more reasons to drink beer check out Thrillists full list of All The Ways Drinking Beer Is Good For You.