Beer is the world’s oldest alcoholic drink. There are some evidence that our ancestors drank beer some 5,000 years ago. And we know for sure beer is the most widely consumed alcoholic drink.
Whether it is a light or dark, there is always an excuse for drinking beer. And today, I want to cheer you up and tell you that drinking an ale per day is actually healthy. You will be surprised to find out how many health benefits are there in drinking beer.
Improve heart health
Let’s start with one of the deadliest diseases in the world. Almost every other person suffers from bad heart, or some troubles with his/hers cardiovascular system. Well, good news. Beer can improve your heart health. A study conducted on more than 1.9 million adults found out that drinking one glass of beer per week will improve the health of your heart. Now, one or two glasses of beer is good. But if you go over the top, you increase your risk of a stroke by 33%.
Reduce risk of stroke
Speaking of heart health, the biggest concern is a stroke. Drinking beer actually reduces the risk of a stroke by 12%. But be careful, as mentioned previously, heavy drinkers have increased chance of a stroke.
Reduce risk of kidney stones
You might be surprised, but drinking beer actually reduces the risk of kidney stones. The same cannot be said about soda drinks. In addition to beer, orange juice and tea is also associated with a reduced risk of kidney stones.
You can find a number of studies that show that drinking alcohol can increase your creativity. In fact, some studies show that when you drink one or two glasses of beer, you solve verbal puzzle faster. But you do not need studies. Just look at some of the writers that were alcoholics. The list includes Ernest Hemingway, Charles Bukowski, Norman Mailer, F. Scott Fitzgerald and much more.
We already mentioned that beer can improve your heart health. But what about cholesterol, another factor that plays in. Well, good news. Beer also reduces your bad cholesterol. And there is even a study that supports the claim.
You might say that when you drink too much beer, you will get blurred vision. But jokes aside, beer can actually prevent cataracts, a medical condition in which “the lens of the eye becomes progressively opaque”. And the study from 2000 proved that some ingredients in beer help. However, you should limit yourself to 2 beers per day. More than that, and you are hurting your eyes more than helping.
Lower blood pressure
Wine has long been the gold standard for an alcoholic drink that reduces blood pressure. But beer is no slouch as well. Even more, if you have a choice between beer and wine, go for ale.
Beer contains some minerals that protect your bones and your connective tissue. Drinking beer can also reduce the risk of osteoporosis by 38%.
You might not believe this, but beer actually has many healthy nutrients. In addition to soluble fiber, beer contains small doses of magnesium, potassium, iron, and calcium. And some other minerals. Now, that is not a significant source of nutrition. But there is a reason why you are not so hungry after drinking beer. That doesn’t mean you should replace your meals with a pint of beer.
You might think alcohol is the worst thing you can do after a workout. And that is true. But according to Men’s Health, few gulps of beer can help you recover faster. You can even go as far as saying that beer is better at recovering a rehydrated and overheated body than water.