The Surprising Health Benefits of Beer

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The first time I heard someone ask, “What’s the good word” was at “The Ginger Ale Store”, that is what Gramps called the local bar he used to bring his grand kids to. (Elmer’s on the corner of Silvermine road in Brookfield, CT Circa 1969) The place kind of reminds of Moe’s on the Simpsons.  It was a very common greeting among men his age, almost as common as “Hey, how you doin?”   The down time with friends and a few drinks was an obvious stress reliever and I am happy to admit it still works for me lol!  However, I wasn’t aware of the health benefits of beer, dark beer in particular.  Enjoy the article and time with friends and just remember the real key to life is moderation.  -Steve

Article below published March 15, 2012 by

If you’re got party plans this weekend, don’t be afraid to knock back a cold one. Beer has several surprising health benefits. Despite beer’s bad reputation, it actually has a number of natural antioxidants and vitamins that can help prevent heart disease and even rebuild muscle. It also has one of the highest energy contents of any food or drink. Of course, this means you need to set limits – one beer gets you going, four makes you fat.

If you’re worried about dehydration, keep in mind that beer is 93 percent water. Also, according to a Spanish study, beer may actually provide better hydration than H2O alone when you’re sweating it out under the sun.
So with all of this in mind, which kind of beer should you reach for? Calorie-wise, you may be tempted to grab a light lager, but for health benefits, a dark beer is the better choice.
Dark beers tend to have the most antioxidants, which help reverse cellular damage that occurs naturally in the body. A recent study published in the Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture has also found that dark beer has higher iron content compared to lighter beers.
Remember, iron is an essential mineral that our bodies need. Iron is a part of all cells and does many jobs including carrying oxygen from our lungs throughout the rest of our bodies.
Another good choice is microbrews, which are healthier than mass-produced cans, because they have more hops. Hops contain polyphenols, which help lower cholesterol, fight cancer and kill viruses.
Just remember the golden rule: Everything in moderation. You don’t want to embarrass yourself in front of your friends by drinking too much, and you certainly don’t want to put yourself at risk for any long-term health effects like liver problems, kidney diseases and heart disease.

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One Response to The Surprising Health Benefits of Beer

  1. jsamuelson18 says:

    Reblogged this on Good Beer Better Hats and commented:
    HA! I would have taken both beers!

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