Study results: Beer is good for your health
Excessive alcohol consumption is unhealthy. But if you treat yourself to a beer every now and then, you are obviously doing something good for your health: As researchers found in a study, the moderate consumption of beer, thanks to various ingredients, brings health benefits for the heart and brain.
High alcohol consumption makes you sick
Beer is high on the list of Germans' favorite drinks. However, you should not drink too much of it. After all, high consumption not only promotes the formation of a beer belly, but can in principle damage every organ in the human body. However, there are also indications that the popular barley juice can be beneficial for health. And especially for the heart and brain, as a study showed.
Moderate drinking can promote health
Most people are aware that regular alcohol consumption is not healthy. The most well-known alcohol-related diseases include liver diseases, cardiovascular problems, cancer and long-term mental disorders.
In addition, the fattening alcohol is often underestimated. In small quantities, alcoholic beverages can obviously also serve health.
In a study, scientists from Great Britain found that moderate alcohol consumption (e.g. one beer a day) can reduce the risk of severe heart problems.
Beer contains more protein and B vitamins than wine
And according to another study, which was published years ago in the specialist journal "The American Journal of the Medical Sciences", beer contains components that serve not only the heart but also the brain health.
"From a nutritional point of view, beer contains more protein and B vitamins than wine," the authors wrote.
“The level of antioxidants in beer is the same as that of wine, but the specific antioxidants differ in that barley and hops used in the production of beer contain flavonoids that are different from those of the grapes used in the production of wine become."
The positive effects of flavonoids on the human brain have already been demonstrated in earlier scientific studies.
The study authors pointed out in the American Journal of the Medical Sciences that the benefits of moderate alcohol consumption are not generally endorsed by doctors because it is feared that this could lead to excessive drinking.
But physicians should "be aware of the growing evidence that supports the nutritional benefits of moderate alcohol consumption as part of a healthy lifestyle."
Hong Kong nutritionist Sisi Yip is also convinced of the health benefits of beer.
To the South China Morning Post, she said: "Beer contains traces of minerals such as calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, sodium, zinc, copper, manganese and selenium, fluoride and silicon."
And: "Beer also contains a number of polyphenols such as flavonoids and phenolic acids".
As explained in the article published on August 3, "International Beer Day", polyphenols are compounds found in almost all plants.
Yip points out that research has shown that polyphenols, due to their anti-inflammatory effects, can lower the risk of atherosclerosis, type 2 diabetes and heart disease.
According to the nutritionist, non-alcoholic beers have the same health benefits.
Don't drink too much
However, since too much alcohol is associated with a variety of diseases such as high blood pressure and liver disease, you should not drink excessively.
The best way, according to Yip, is to count his drinks weekly.
“Men and women are advised not to drink more than 14 units a week on a regular basis,” says the scientist.
As explained in an article in the British newspaper "Daily Mail", this amount corresponds to six 175 ml glasses of wine, six large glasses of beer or fourteen 25 ml glasses of spirits.
Health experts point out, however, that this maximum amount should not be consumed per week, but over several days.
Beer can make you happy
Another advantage of beer is addressed in the "South China Morning Post": The newspaper refers to German research results that were published in the online journal "Scientific Reports".
These have shown that beer can make you happier when consumed in moderation.
According to the information, the good feeling is triggered by the ingredient hordenine. Its effects are similar to that of dopamine, a neurotransmitter that is important for brain health. (ad)