Study suggests beer provides health benefits, when used in moderation

On Friday, August 3, International Beer Day arrived and with good news for those celebrating. A recent batch of research findings from Hong Kong suggests that consuming the alcoholic beverage can have some helpful health properties. However, before individuals rush out to get a pitcher or have a keg delivered to their home, moderation is the key.

According to The Daily Mail, a new report from Hong Kong scientists was published in The American Journal of the Medical Sciences. The scientists determined that beer contains “trace amounts of minerals” that are good for people, Sisi Yip told South China Morning Post. These include calcium, iron, magnesium, potassium, and zinc, among others. The scientists also believe there is a greater amount of protein and B vitamins in beer when compared to wine.

Beer can also help reduce potential cardiovascular disease and improve brain health, per the research findings. In addition, there are polyphenols that give beer the “flavor, haze, body and fullness.” These polyphenols also can assist with one’s health by helping to reduce chances for developing diabetes, blocked arteries, or heart disease. There are also benefits for protecting one’s cognitive function.

Wine has also been touted as having health benefits, but in moderation. Sisi said the same applies to drinking beer. She suggests that drinking should be spread out over “three or more days.” That’s based on drinking up to “14 units a week.” She recommends a healthy limit of up to a pint for men and “a half pint for women per day.”

Beer has remained one of the most popular beverages worldwide. It prompted back-to-back days for celebration as Thursday (Aug. 2) was International IPA Day and Friday (Aug. 3) brought International Beer Day. There’s also Oktoberfest which attracts plenty of visitors to Germany annually. That arrives on Saturday, September 22 for a week-long event. Based on the new Hong Kong research findings, participants will have even more reason to celebrate, in moderation.

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