We’ve got less than a month left before half-heartedly adopting our 2021 New Years resolutions, but until then, we have a lot to celebrate. For one thing, this roller coaster year is almost over, and for another, a certain particularly orange despot is close to being dethroned. Though we need to keep social distancing, there’s no reason not to treat ourselves, and what better way to rejoice the closing of 2020 than with a nice cold beer? Here are some ways your favourite brewski may be benefitting you, and why you should drink beer this festive season.
1. Beer is good for your heart
We hear this one about red wine a lot, but if the vino isn’t your cup of tea, rest assured you’re doing your heart some favours by drinking beer too!
According to a study done by the University of Cambridge and University College London, which analysed the health records of nearly two million UK adults, beer-drinking is linked to reduced risk of certain cardiovascular diseases. The study found that regular beer drinkers were less likely to experience strokes caused by blood-clots and heart attacks than those who don’t drink beer at all.
Perhaps this good news is the Christmas miracle we needed.
2. It’s almost mouth wash
Ok, so it’s not going to make your breath smell minty fresh, but like red wine, beer and hops contains antimicrobial compounds that could help defend against the germs that cause plaque and gum disease.
According to one study, hop-derived compounds exhibit “potent antibiofilm activity”, which has the potential for a number of practical applications – as well as the benefit of helping clean your mouth when you drink them through beer.
Next time you enjoy your lager, you can smile knowing that your teeth will thank you.
3.Beer can help your bones
Did you know that an important factor in bone formation and maintanence is silicon?
And did you know that, like cereals, whole grains and even some vegetables – all things generally considered good for you – beer is a rich source of silicon! This is especially important for women.
According to this study in the International Journal of Endocrinology , “while there are numerous factors that contribute to bone health and to therapy for postmenopausal osteoporosis, silicon is also a mineral that is increasingly recognised as an essential nutrient for bone formation and maintenance”, and it can therefore help prevent osteoporosis later in life.
Drink up, ladies!
4. Beer drinking reduces kidney stones
Beer is over 90% water, which makes it great at preventing painful kidney stones.
It’s so effective, in fact, that a Finnish study observed a group of 27,001 Finnish male smokers and found that “beer consumption was inversely associated with risk of kidney stones; each bottle of beer consumed per day was estimated to reduce risk by 40%”.
That’s pretty impressive! If you’re worried about kidney stones, better go grab yourself a cold one!
5. It lowers your risk of Diabetes
A whopping 29 million people in the US are suffering from diabetes, and with the coronavirus around, that’s an even more risky position to be in than it was before. Luckily, though, it seems that you can reduce your risk of developing type 2 diabetes by moderately increasing your beer consumption! This is particularly true of men, according to a study by Harvard School of Public Health.
“Middle-aged men who drink alcohol only occasionally appear to reduce their risk of developing type 2 diabetes by increasing their alcohol consumption to about one to two servings a day of beer, wine or liquor,” the 2011 study claimed.
Researches found that moderate alcohol consumption was related to increased adiponectin levels, a hormone that improves insulin sensitivity and as a result protects against diabetes.
“The growing body of evidence is strong enough to suggest that an individual who is at risk of type 2 diabetes should change their lifestyle to lose weight, increase their exercise and eat a healthy diet,” said Eric Rimm, associate professor in the Departments of Epidemiology and Nutrition at HSPH. “Our results strongly suggest that a healthy diet can include moderate alcohol consumption”.
6. Beer is good for your eyesight
There’s a lot of literature about how antioxidants from drinking tea and eating vegetables can fight off damage to the cells in your body. Well here’s some good news: Ales and stouts in particular are rich in antioxidants, which can protect your peepers against mitochondrial damage – the kind that can lead to cataracts later in life.
According to a study from the University of Western Ontario, it only takes one beer a day to reap the benefits! This was especially true in the case of diabetics.
So not only will your heart, kidneys, and teeth be better off if you enjoy the occasional beer, but you’ll be able to read your glowing doctors reports with your healthy eyesight too!
Not that you’d need more convincing, but there are also studies which show that their might be a connection between beer consumption and reduced risk of neurodegenerative disorders, like Alzeimer’s, reduced risk of some kinds of cancers, and general wellbeing. You don’t have to feel guilty for grabbing one or two cold ones this Christmas. In fact, now you can do it because it’s good for you!
But of course, all things in moderation. The Essential Millennial team wishes you a safe and happy festive season – even if we have to be slightly less festive than usual – and so while we do endorse enjoying your beer, it’s never good to overdo anything.
Here’s to your good health.