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Who doesn't love beer? After a hectic day’s work, we all want to have a glass of ice-cold beer, don’t we? But, what if you have more reason to drink beer than just chilling out? These reasons probably make beer-drinking the healthiest, if not the coolest, way to end the day:
- Beer aids in digestion. Beer, especially the dark ones, has 1 gram of fiber per 300 ml glass. Fiber is very crucial in digestion and lack of it may cause constipation, diarrhea, and other gastrointestinal problems.
- Beer helps lower the risk for heart disease. More than a hundred Harvard studies prove that moderate beer drinking can reduce the risk of heart attack by 25-40%.
- Moderate beer drinking helps make the bones stronger. The dietary silicon found in beer may aid to the proper development of the bones and connective tissues and also minimize the risk of osteoporosis.
- Beer can lower cholesterol levels. The American Heart Association advises men to have one to two drinks per day to help increase HDL and lower bad cholesterol.
- Beer minimizes the risk of Type 2 diabetes. According to the studies conducted by the American Diabetes Association, moderate alcohol consumption (that’s about 6-48 grams of alcohol a day) can reduce the risk of getting Type 2 diabetes by 30%.
- Beer can help eliminate cold symptoms. One of the basic beer ingredients, hops, has a virus-fighting chemical compound called humulone. Humulone can boost the immune system and enable it to fight cold virus.
- Drinking beer can help prevent blood clots. A Georgetown University Medical center research shows that moderate drinking (up to two drinks a day) minimizes clumping of platelets, hence preventing blood clotting.
- Beer drinkers have 30% more vitamin B6 compared to those who do not drink beer. Regular but moderate beer intake provides the much needed B-vitamins, including vitamin B12, an important vitamin that is rarely found in foods.