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Postby MGV12 » Mon Mar 18, 2013 9:41 am

Beer ... a popular subject. Go on RR ... you know you want to :P

10 Surprising Health Benefits of Beer

Beer drinkers rejoice: Your favorite brew may be healthier than you think.

For years, wine drinkers have indulged without guilt, reveling in the news that red wine can help protect against heart disease. Recent research shows that beer can also be good for what ails you, from reducing risk for broken bones to helping warding off diabetes and mental decline. It can even increase longevity, a large study suggests.

However, the key to tapping into beer’s benefits is moderation, meaning just one 12-ounce beer per day for women and two for men. Heavy drinking ups the threat of liver damage, some cancers, and heart problems. Bingeing on brewskis can also make you fat, since a 12-ounce regular beer has about 150 calories, while light beer has about 100.

Read about common diet myths that are dangerous to your health

Here are 10 surprising—and healthy—reasons to cheer about your next beer.
1. Stronger Bones

Beer contains high levels of silicon, which is linked to bone health. In a 2009 study at Tufts University and other centers, older men and women who swigged one or two drinks daily had higher bone density, with the greatest benefits found in those who favored beer or wine. However, downing more than two drinks was linked to increased risk for fractures.

For the best bone-building benefits, reach for pale ale, since a 2010 study of 100 types of beer from around the word identified these brews as richest in silicon, while light lagers and non-alcoholic beers contained the least.
2. A Stronger Heart

A 2011 analysis of 16 earlier studies involving more than 200,000 people, conducted by researchers at Italy’s Fondazion di Ricerca e Cura, found a 31 percent reduced risk of heart disease in those who quaffed about a pint of beer daily, while risk surged in those who guzzled higher amounts of alcohol, whether beer, wine, or spirits.

More than 100 studies also show that moderate drinking trims risk of heart attacks and dying from cardiovascular disease by 25 to 40 percent, Harvard reports. A beer or two a day can help raise levels of HDL, the “good” cholesterol that helps keep arteries from getting clogged.

3. Healthier Kidneys

A study in Finland singled out beer among other alcoholic drinks, finding that each bottle of beer men drank daily lowered their risk of developing kidney stones by 40 percent. One theory is that beer’s high water content helped keep kidneys working, since dehydration increases kidney stone risk.

It’s also possible that the hops in beer help curb leeching of calcium from bones; that “lost” calcium also could end up in the kidneys as stones.
4. Boosting Brain Health

A beer a day may help keep Alzheimer’s disease and other dementia at bay, researchers say.

A 2005 study tracking the health of 11,000 older women showed that moderate drinkers (those who consumed about one drink a day) lowered their risk of mental decline by as much as 20 percent, compared to non-drinkers. In addition, older women who downed a drink a day scored as about 18 months “younger,” on average, on tests of mental skills than the non-drinkers.

5. Reduced Cancer Risk

A Portuguese study found that marinating steak in beer eliminates almost 70 percent of the carcinogens, called heterocyclic amines (HCAs) produced when the meat is pan-fried. Researchers theorize that beer’s sugars help block HCAs from forming.

Scientists also have found that beer and wine contain about the same levels of antioxidants, but the antioxidants are different because the flavonoids found in hops and grapes are different.
6. Boosting Vitamin Levels

A Dutch study, performed at the TNO Nutrition and Food Research Institute, found that beer-drinking participants had 30 percent higher levels of vitamin B6 levels in their blood than their non-drinking counterparts, and twice as much as wine drinkers. Beer also contains vitamin B12 and folic acid.
7. Guarding Against Stroke

Researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health found that moderate amounts of alcohol, including beer, help prevent blood clots that block blood flow to the heart, neck and brain—the clots that cause ischemic stroke, the most common type.

8. Reduced Risk for Diabetes

Drink up: A 2011 Harvard study of about 38,000 middle-aged men found that when those who only drank occasionally raised their alcohol intake to one to two beers or other drinks daily, their risk of developing type 2 diabetes dropped by 25 percent. The researchers found no benefit to quaffing more than two drinks. The researchers found that alcohol increases insulin sensitivity, thus helping protect against diabetes.
9. Lower Blood Pressure

Wine is fine for your heart, but beer may be even better: A Harvard study of 70,000 women ages 25 to 40 found that moderate beer drinkers were less likely to develop high blood pressure—a major risk factor for heart attack—than women who sipped wine or spirits.
10. Longer Life

In a 2005 review of 50 studies, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) reported that moderate drinkers live longer. The USDA also estimates that moderate drinking prevents about 26,000 deaths a year, due to lower rates of heart disease, stroke, and diabetes.

These benefits appear to apply in other countries as well, with an earlier study reporting that, “if European beer drinkers stopped imbibing, there would be a decrease in life expectancy of two years—and much unhappiness.”

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Re: Beer

Postby Ians » Mon Mar 18, 2013 1:29 pm

On the strength of that informative post, I had a beer with lunch and will have another tonight with dinner.
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Re: Beer

Postby Roger Ramjet » Mon Mar 18, 2013 2:27 pm

MGV12 wrote:Beer ... a popular subject. Go on RR ... you know you want to

What do I want to? :D Beer or wine? :lol: I think I've had my lifetime quota of beer.
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Re: Beer

Postby Ians » Mon Mar 18, 2013 4:10 pm

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Re: Beer

Postby MGV12 » Tue Mar 19, 2013 5:37 pm

Leftover beer? What sort of crazy notion is that?

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Re: Beer

Postby MGV12 » Fri Mar 29, 2013 2:02 pm

We all have our own ideas as to what is effective recycling of the empty bottles:


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Re: Beer

Postby Ians » Fri Mar 29, 2013 2:16 pm

It does seem a bit of a contradiction monks and beer bottles plus a flawed argument about reducing CO2 - every bottle taken out of circulation has to be replaced therefore adding to pollution. However, not to take anything away from the finished project which is quite a feat, different and certainly well done.
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Re: Beer

Postby Roger Ramjet » Fri Aug 16, 2013 2:56 pm

Researchers aim for healthier beer that reduces hangovers
By Lucinda Kent
Updated 55 minutes ago


PHOTO: Griffith University researchers say adding electrolytes can drastically boost beer's power to hydrate. (Dave Dyet: www.sxc.hu - file image)
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Queensland researchers say putting electrolytes in beer could help ward off hangovers.

Griffith Health Institute researchers have found adding electrolytes can make beer up to three times more effective at hydrating.

Associate Professor Ben Desbrow says that is possible without impacting taste.

"This first investigation was really just having a look to see could we manipulate the electrolyte properties of beer and the alcohol content of beer to potentially influence its rehydration potential," he said.

"We know that beer is a very popular drink with people, particularly after ... sport or exertion.

"From our perspective it's about exploring harm minimisation approaches that may still allow people to potentially drink beer as a beverage but lower the risks associated with the alcohol consumption - and hopefully improve rehydration potential."

Professor Desbrow says while it is best to drink water after strenuous exercise, the modified beer could reduce the harmful effects of alcohol as well as limiting the effects of hangovers.

He says of the four beers tested, light beer was best retained by the body and was a third more effective at hydrating than normal beer.

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Re: Beer

Postby MGV12 » Fri Aug 16, 2013 3:15 pm

Roger Ramjet wrote:
"We know that beer is a very popular drink with people


Just goes to show what a good education can do for you!

Maybe while they are convincing the brewers to add electrolytes they could get them to stop throwing bucket-loads of chemicals into the brew ... no need with those nice Bavarian folk of course ... that might help cut down on hangovers :roll:

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Re: Beer

Postby BKKBILL » Fri Aug 16, 2013 3:41 pm

I like the way THE AUSTRALIAN put it. :mrgreen:

8/16/13 How to make beer even more refreshing | The Australian
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/na ... 6698615936 1/1

A COLD beer at the end of a long, hot day is set to become even more refreshing after researchers at a Queensland university improved the hydrating effects of the amber fluid.

Sipping a frosty ale when the temperature is scorching is an Australian tradition, but the practice is often counter­productive as the alcohol content increases dehydration.
The consumption of alcohol while dehydrated is also known to increase drunkenness, leading to the possibility of risky behaviour and, of course, the dreaded hangover.

But nutrition researchers at Griffith University's Health Institute believe they've found the way to enjoy a beer and keep your fluid levels in check.

The institute manipulated the electrolyte levels of two commercial beers, one regular strength and one light, before giving them to people who had just been undertaking rigorous exercise.

And while the researchers don't recommend drinking beer after exercise, the study showed the altered light beer was a third more effective at hydrating a person than normal beer.

“This is definitely not a good idea, but what we've found is that many people who sweat a lot, especially tradesmen, knock off work and have a beer,” associate professor Ben Desbrow said.

“But alcohol in a dehydrated body can have all sorts of repercussions, including decreased awareness of risk.

“So, if you're going to live in the real world, you can either spend your time telling people what they shouldn't do, or you can work on ways of reducing the danger of some of these socialised activities.”

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Re: Beer

Postby Roger Ramjet » Thu Mar 19, 2015 1:30 pm

‘When I would talk to some of these really tiny artisanal craft brewers and ask who makes the best beer out there, a lot of them would say Budweiser,’ he says.

‘Anheuser-Busch [Budweiser’s parent company] has breweries around the world using different kinds of water, there are different microbes in the air, everything is unique to the brewery but the beer they make tastes exactly the same; that’s really remarkable.’
Now you would the man who wrote this was a stark raving lunatic, because everyone knows that Bud or for those who can't handle the full 6% alcohol in Bud would go for the Bud Lite, because we all know that Bud or Bud Lite is just diluted down goat's piss, the more diluted the more Lite is added to the label, but no, he's a US beer critic: Which explains why the Americans have never been able to tell real beer from me pissing in a bottle/jug the night/day of a good piss-up...... it's normally called a Dick Shandy..... and normally reserved for formal dining in nights at the officer's mess with the CO being given the honour of dispensing the first jug to all his arse licking mates. Ring Knockers of course. (look it up).
Anyway here's the article http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/pro ... er/6326808 And if only the ABC knew half the truth they would never have wandered into the depths of the jungle that is for real beer drinkers.
Now I can recall.........but that is for another time.
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Re: Beer

Postby thailazer » Thu Mar 19, 2015 1:39 pm

Beer and wine drinkers are pretty much pussies. If you want to get healthy, Tequlla is really the only answer.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xN0254u56Mc
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Re: Beer

Postby MGV12 » Thu Mar 19, 2015 2:47 pm

thailazer wrote:Beer and wine drinkers are pretty much pussies. If you want to get healthy, Tequlla is really the only answer.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xN0254u56Mc


What a great idea ... within limits:



Of course everyone has their own idea of limits:



You still living in Thailand "thailazer" ?

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