Beer Cures What Ales You

 In Vail Craft Beer Classic

As Homer famously stated, “Here’s to beer: the cause of, and solution to, all of life’s problems.” Homer Simpson that is. Well he had it half right… may very well be the solution to life’s health problems. Quite the Odyssey of beer as studies discovered over the world wide web continue to uncover the health benefits of this frothy elixir.

The Top 10 Claims that Beer can Boast

1. Brain Health

Researchers found that having one beer per day may keep Alzheimer’s disease and other dementia at bay. The research also showed that in comparison to those who didn’t drink beer on daily basis to those who did, it lowered their risk of mental decline by 20%.

So if you forget to drink a beer, it may help your memory to have another one.

2. Healthy Kidneys

A recent study suggested that the risk of developing kidney stones decreases with increasing beer consumption. The author noted that both the water and alcohol found in beer are shown to increase urine flow and dilute urine, thereby reducing the risk of stones forming.

I see a new tagline forming for Stone Brewing Company… Urine luck when you drink a Stone brew!

3. Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Research has shown that moderate consumption of beer can lower heart disease risk by 20% to 40%. Beer also has great anti-clotting effects which contributes to keeping blood vessels clean, healthy and free.

A research team at the University of Scranton in Pennsylvania (not the Dunder Miflin teamfound that dark ales and stouts can reduce the incidence of heart attacks.

This just proves that the only true reason to have a heart attack from beer is when you run out!

4. Bones of Steel

Beer is known to contain high levels of silicon, an element that promotes bone growth.

But you have to get the balance right. Academics at Tufts University in Massachusetts found that whilst one or two glasses of beer a day could significantly reduce your risk of fracturing bones, more than that would actually raise the risk of breakages.

Drink the right amount, however, and you’ll walk home with your bones and dignity intact.

5. Lowers Cancer Risk

Could beer fight cancer? Scientists at the University of Idaho think so. In January, at the National Meeting of the American Chemical Society, researchers presented findings that suggested a key ingredient in beer could be used in the fight against cancer and inflammatory diseases.

Being high in antioxidants and flavonoids (particularly dark beers), beer is great in lowering the risk of cancer, especially prostate cancer for men. Further, beer contains xanthohumol which is a powerful antioxidant known to have anti-cancer properties.

Say goodbye to Michelob Ultra and say hello to Busch X. With Xanthohumol a whole new target audience awaits the bold marketer!

6. Lowers Risk of Diabetes

In 2011, Harvard researchers found that middle-aged men who drink one or two glasses of beer each day appear to reduce their risk of developing type 2 diabetes by up to 25%.

Dr. Michel Joosten, a visiting professor at the Harvard School of Public Health, studied 38,000 middle-aged men, and concluded that the alcohol content in beer increases insulin sensitivity, which helps prevent diabetes.

So, whether you’ve got diabetes or not, a glass of beer is just what the doctor ordered.

7. Cuts the Risk of Stroke

Studies by both Harvard Medical School and the American Stroke Association have shown that people who drink moderate amounts of beer can cut their risk of strokes by up to a 50%, compared to non-drinkers. When you drink beer, your arteries become flexible and blood flow improves significantly. As a result, no blood clots form, and your risk of having a stroke drops exponentially.

The takeaway from this is that Harvard is studying beer! This just proves that all college students drink beer. The Harvard kids just figured out how to make it educational and get research dollars. I guess that’s why they are Harvard Men!

8. Get your vitamins

Apart from being rich in vitamin B (particularly homebrew), it is richest in Niacin which is also known as vitamin B3. Other than these, beer contains vitamins such as Choline, Flavonoids, Pantothenic Acid, other B vitamins and vitamin B6.

You mean to tell me I can replace my One a Day with a Beer a Day? Is this not the best beverage ever!

9. Rich in fiber content

Our body needs fibers, sugar and starches to function properly. Beer has all three. Even though fibers can be pretty hard/slow in digestion they stimulate the intestinal peristalsis. Beer is a drink which provides fiber content to our body when consumed.

Forget the Metamucil grandma, crack open a cold brew!

10. Beer can stop cataracts

Too much and your vision will get blurry, but consume just the right amount of beer and your eyes will benefit.

Researchers at the University of Western Ontario found that the antioxidants found in beer, particularly ales and stouts, protected against mitochondrial damage. Antioxidants protect the mitochondria against this damage, and therefore the study recommends one drink a day to keep the eye doctor away.

One question remains, how are Beer Goggles formed?


So there you have it. Beer not only tastes good, it’s good for you too. However, as with all good things, moderation is key. To learn more about the healthy effects of beer, attend the Vail Craft Beer Classic, June 16-18.


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