Beer is not often thought of as something you can consume to improve your health, but the truth is that beer is good for you! Widely regarded as one of mankind’s greatest inventions (by people who love it, anyway), there are a litany of benefits of drinking brew, and we’re here to give you a list of the best ones. Here, we present our list of the top 12 health benefits of drinking beer. Check out part one below, and stay tuned for part two, coming soon!
Number Twelve: It Keeps Your Kidneys Healthy. One Finnish study found that beer is better for your kidneys than any other form of alcohol. According to the study, drinking it on a regular basis will reduce your chances of developing kidney stones by up to 40 percent.
Number Eleven: Your Digestion Will Improve. Having some indigestion after lunch? Why not have a bottle of beer for dessert! Up to one gram of soluble fiber is in every bottle – dark brews, especially. The fiber will help your stomach properly digest your food and make its way down your intestinal tract.
Number Ten: It Lowers Your Cholesterol. It’s true! We already mentioned that beer – especially dark brew – has some fiber in it, but aside from improving your digestion, the fiber can also help lower your cholesterol. Not only will the fiber keep you from being hungry, but it actually reduces your levels of LDL cholesterol, which is colloquially referred to as the “bad” kind of cholesterol.
Number Nine: It Ups Your Vitamin B. Beer contains many vitamins, including Vitamin B1, B2, B6, and B12. One Dutch study discovered that people who drink brew on a regular basis had 30 percent more levels of Vitamin B6 than people who don’t drink at all.
Number Eight: It Makes Your Bones Stronger. Beer contains silicon, which might sound bad, but it isn’t! A 2009 study found that the silicon contained in brew actually increases bone density, making bones stronger and less likely to break.
Number Seven: It Will Help You Sleep Better. It’s no secret that alcohol may put you to sleep, but that’s not why brews are helpful. Beer contains lactoflavin and nicotinic acid, which promote sleep. Stay tuned for part two of our list, coming soon!