Health Benefits of Beer

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Wine has gotten most of the attention when it comes to health benefits, but the health benefits of beer just as numerous. Beer has just as many antioxidants as wine and is higher in protein and vitamin and contains iron, calcium, phosphates and fiber. Italian researchers found that moderate beer drinkers had a 42 percent lower risk of heart disease compared to non-drinkers. For maximum benefits, keep your consumption to one pint—at around 5 percent alcohol by volume—a day, the researchers say.

A study in the New England Journal of Medicine showed that women who drank one drink a day had less cognitive impairment and less decline in their cognitive function compared to women who abstained from any alcoholic beverages. The researchers theorized that alcohol protects the brain by improving blood circulation,

“We know it is beneficial to have a drink a day for your heart. This says there is an additional reason to follow that guideline — it can protect against cognitive decline,” said Marilyn S. Albert of the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.

Health Benefits of Beer – 1 to 2 a Day

Health Risks of More than 2 Drinks a Day:

The health benefits of beer, or any alcoholic beverage, are based upon 1 – 2 drinks per day. As with any of life’s pleasures, too much of a good thing can have negative results.

New research continues to explore the ways in which alcohol affects the human body. These include:

  • Alcoholism.
  • Cancer – For every study showing a benefit of moderate alcohol consumption there is another showing the risk of certain types of cancer increase with consumption of alcohol. These include oral cancer, hormone dependent forms of breast cancer, and possibly stomach cancer.
  • Diabetes, insulin dependence, and metabolic syndrome – whereas moderate consumption actually lowers the risk of diabetes compared to non-drinkers, heavy alcoholic consumption increases the risk of diabetes.
  • Fetal Alcohol Syndrome – Current U.S. health policy advises women who are pregnant or trying to become pregnant against drinking any alcohol.
  • Gout.
  • Hangover – described on Wikipedia as the “sum of unpleasant physiological effects following heavy consumption of alcoholic beverages”, and “a natural and intrinsic disincentive to excessive drinking.” Be sure to enjoy your favorite beer in moderation, and drink plenty of water while enjoying beer or other alcoholic beverages to help combat this side effect.
  • Heart attack – among men and women.
  • Heart failure.
  • Pancreatitis among heavy drinkers.
  • Psoriasis.
  • Stroke when drinking is heavy (more than six drinks per day) or at a binge level, and in the two hours immediately following consumption of alcohol.
  • Candida

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Beer and Candida

Alcohol is produced by yeast fermentation. Candida is an overgrowth of yeast in the stomach that causes a long list of symptoms in the entire body. When spirits like vodka, whiskey, and cognac are distilled the actual heat produced kills any yeast residue in the final product. Wine also has sufficient alcohol content to kill the yeast in the alcohol. In fact, wine can only reach an alcohol volume of about 12% because that is the point at which the yeast that is creating the alcohol is killed.

In beer, however, the alcohol content rarely exceeds 6%, so there will be traces of live yeast which are left behind, even if the beer is clear and filtered. In fact, there probably is yeast in all beer unless it was pasteurized.

So, if you enjoy a regular beer, and you also suffer from candida symptoms, it could be the yeast residue in your brew that is causing your health problems. To solve the problems, stop all beer and focus on restoring your digestive system to allow time to eliminate all yeast from your system. If you continually feed the yeast into your digestive system you may not be able to get free from the symptoms of candida.

 

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