Beer: it tastes good, and it turns out it’s good for you, too! The health benefits of beer are some of the world’s best-kept secrets, and we’re here to reveal them for good. Sit down, grab a pint (or two, or three), and check out the top 10 reasons why you should drink more beer below!
Number Ten: It’s a Cure for Your Nastiest Cold
It might be unconventional to drink warm beer, but it turns out a mug of warm brew is better than a warm cup of tea! When barley – one of the primary components in the stuff – is heated up, it helps improve both your circulation and blood flow.
Number Nine: Drink More Beer for More B Vitamins
B Vitamins are essential, and they help keep you energized and renewed. Well, it turns out that when you down a pint, you’re also downing Vitamins B1, B2, B6, and B12. Drink up!
Number Eight: It Lowers Your Risk of Heart Attacks
One study showed that beer drinkers have a 40 to 60 percent lower chance of having a heart attack than people who don’t drink it. While it’s not clear whether this is attributed to the fact that beer drinkers are just cooler, calmer, and more relaxed or the beer itself, the fact remains true.
Number Seven: It Keeps Your Complexion Clear
While we won’t advise washing your face with the stuff every night, we will advise drinking it for your skin. It’s true that alcoholics often have blotchy complexions; however, drinking the boozy stuff in moderation will increase your vitamin intake and help keep your skin free of blemishes.
Number Six: It’s a Digestive Aid
It’s true! Each bottle contains up to one gram of soluble fiber, which greatly aids in digestion. Drink darker lagers if you really want to reap the digestive benefits.
Number Five: It’ll Make You Sleep Like a Baby
It’s no secret that a few too many will put you to sleep, but there’s actually science behind this fact. Lactoflavin and nicotinic acid, two components of beer, help to promote sleep. Next time you can’t sleep, forget the Nyquil and grab some lager!
Number Four: It’s a Natural De-Stresser
One Canadian study found that drinking two boozy brews each day effectively reduced stress and anxiety levels – and not only in the short run, either. Work-related stress and anxiety were found to be especially reduced in regular beer drinkers.
Number Three: It’ll Lower Your Cholesterol
Many people discount beer as being too high in carbohydrates, but it can actually lower your cholesterol! The soluble fiber we already mentioned can be found in beer helps stave off those nasty hunger pangs and will even reduce LDL cholesterol levels (that’s the bad kind, by the way).
Number Two: You’ll Remember Things Better
Some people drink to forget, but most people don’t know that this magical elixir can actually help you remember! People who drink brew regularly and in moderation have been found to have decreased risks of developing Alzheimer’s Disease and dementia.
Number One: It Makes You Strong
Drinking might make you feel strong, but there’s actually some science to back this up! The silicon found in beer has been proven to increase bone density. An increased bone density will not only make your bones stronger, but it will also make them less likely to break. Cheers!