Seems like alcohol has been getting a lot of bad press lately. But Piedmont Healthcare is bucking that trend and celebrating some of beer’s healthier aspects.
Here’s the deal…
Atlanta-based Piedmont Healthcare is getting bullish about beer and it’s about time that someone has. Following years of health officials championing the health benefits of wine, beer is finally getting a little medically-endorsed love.
After surveying a wide spectrum of health care studies, Piedmont Healthcare pulled together a list of some of the top health benefits that come with drinking beer.
And we’re all about it!
Beer is More Nutritious than Most Alcoholic Drinks
Yes wine is chock full of antioxidants, but hops have antioxidant qualities as well. And that’s just the beginning!
“We hear a lot about the abundance of antioxidants in wine, but beer has just as many,” Piedmont Healthcare reported. “The specific antioxidants are different because the flavonoids in barley and hops are different from those in grapes, but antioxidants are a good thing. Beer is also higher than wine in protein and vitamin B. Even better, beer contains iron, calcium, phosphates and even fiber.”
Beer Can Reduce Bad Cholesterol
Cholesterol comes in good (HDL) and bad (LDL) forms. And a study published in the American Heart Association: Circulation discovered that soluble fiber in beer is beneficial to one’s health.
“The soluble fiber in beer can help reduce your LDL or “bad” cholesterol,” Piedmont Healthcare reported. “Increasing your intake of soluble fiber has numerous health benefits, including the promotion of healthy blood-sugar and blood-cholesterol levels.”
Beer Can Protect Your Heart
In addition to reducing cholesterol, a study in the New England Journal of Medicine found that “moderate beer drinking” is associated with lower rates of cardiovascular disease and may make you less likely to fall victim to heart attacks or strokes than those who don’t consume alcohol at all.
Beer Helps Prevent Kidney Stones
If you’ve ever suffered from kidney stones you know that they are best avoided like the plague. And a study first published in the Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology reported that moderate beer consumers reduced their risk of developing a stone by 41 percent thanks to the kidney health-promoting phytochemicals that come with hops.