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With its high calories and reputation as “liquid carbs,” beer seems to be anything but a healthy option at the bar. (Can you say beer belly?) But, research proves that an ice cold brew can do wonders for the body. Just a rule of thumb: just as you would go redder with wine, go darker with beer to reap the benefits.
Beer Has Vitamins
Whether you’re a fan of Bud Light or Guinness, beer is packed with B vitamins riboflavin and thiamin, plus high levels of magnesium, and calcium. But dark beers do have a slight advantage of being the better brew thanks to their high iron content, which helps oxygen circulate around the body better.
Beer Can Help You Recover Faster Post-Workout
Yep, there is some truth behind the whole post-marathon beer thing! A Spanish study suggests that an ice cold beer can hydrate you just as well as water, making it perfectly ok to grab happy hour after an intense sweat session.
Beer Helps Protect the Brain
Cheers for beer! In 2015, the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry reported that a compound found in beer called xanthohumol could protect brain cells from damage, thus slowing down the progression of Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s Disease.
Beer Can Strengthen Your Bones
Beer’s high silicon content is what’s responsible for an increase in bone density, according to a study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. Moderate beer drinkers who consume 1-2 glasses a day are more likely to have that effect, but surprisingly, it’s women who reap the most benefits. The study reported that postmenopausal women who had two drinks per day saw their bone density increase up to 8.3 percent!
Beer Can Alleviate Menopause Symptoms
Another reason why beer should be a girl’s best friend? A study in the Journal of Endocrinology suggests that the chemicals in the beer may act as phytoestrogens, which can help diminish hot flashes and lessen other menopause symptoms. That study is quite a bit dated, but it’s worth a shot.
Beer Lowers Heart Attack Risks in Women
The accolades for the cold brew just keep on comin’. A Swedish study that was 32 years in the making confirmed that women who drink 1-2 brewskis per week have a 30 percent lower risk of a heart attack than those who drank heavily or none at all.
Beer Helps Your Kidneys
A study from the Clinical Journal of American Society of Nephrology found that beer can help you reduce the risk of kidney stones by 30 percent.
Beer Can Reduce Diabetes Risk
Research suggests that people who drink in moderation are 40 percent less likely to develop diabetes than those who drank too much or none at all. But just a reminder: the magic number here is one or two. Any more, and you’ll bump that risk up instead.