Health benefits of Beer

I would like to start this post just by saying that I know that there are many horrors of alcohol abuse and not just benefits of beer and that there are many reasons why drinking alcohol may lead to an early exit.

But at the same time I just bottled my fourth batch of home made beer, Barons Beer actually, and thought that it would be fun to come up with a great big list of why beer is good for you.

Benefits of beer for all of us

Cancer preventer – A compound found only in hops, which are used to make beer, have been discovered as benefits of beer to prevent cancer.

Of course we all know that hops are an ingredient in beer and therefore Xanthohumol has high hopes of making beer a new anti cancer drug.

Xanthohumol flavinoids have been tested and its use is hoped to be a preventative treatment against prostate and colon cancer and even may be a form of hormone therapy for women.

Getting your vitamins – A friend of mine used to say there is a pork chop in every glass of beer but recent studies show that there is vitamin B6 in beer increases the level of vitamin B6 in a beer drinkers blood which has been shown to decrease the level of homocysteine which increase the chances of heart disease.

Reducing chance of heart disease – another of the benefits of beer is that alcohol drinkers had higher levels of high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol, often called the “good” cholesterol, which is a protective form of blood fat.

The alcohol drinkers also had lower levels of fibrinogen, a protein that promotes blood clots, as well as elevated levels of other molecules (platelets) that prevent the clotting and stickiness of blood cells.

Reduction in Kidney stones – A Finnish-U.S. study of beer-drinking, middle-aged men was published in the American Journal of Epidemiology in 1999.

The report stated that an increase in beer consumption may reduce the risk of developing kidney stones. Results showed that there was a 40 percent lower risk of kidney stones in beer drinkers, but the researchers were stumped as to whether the benefits of beer results were due to water, alcohol or hops.

Health Benefits of BeerDefying the bad of X-Rays – Beer helps reduce chromosomal damage from radiation exposure thanks to beta-pseudouridine.

According to a study by the Japanese researchers from the National Institute of Radiological Sciences, and the Tokyo University of Science Blood samples were taken from test subjects before and after they had drunk about 630ml of beer.

Apparently, when the samples were exposed to X-rays and other types of radiation, after the subjects had drank the beer their samples showed at least 30% fewer aberrations in the blood cells.

Memory Booster – A Swedish team has shown that mice fed with moderate amounts of alcohol grew new nerve cells in the brain.

The full implications of the Karolinska Institute research – which appears in the International Journal of Neuropsychopharmacology – are unclear on the benefits of beer, but Stefan Brene told the BBC:

“We believe that the increased production of new nerve cells during moderate alcohol consumption can be important for the development of alcohol addiction and other long-term effects of alcohol on the brain.”

Slow the Aging Process – In a study published in the March issue of International Immunopharmacology, scientists at Austria’s Innsbruck Medical University found that hops, a key ingredient in beer, affect the production of neopterin, a telltale sign of inflammation, and levels of the amino acid tryptophan (low levels are associated with more inflammation.)

Keeps you Awake – Although there is no caffeine in Beer, beer was found to reduce neopterin production and suppress degradation of tryptophan, according to a study. (Tryptophan is also commonly cited as the reason people feel tired after gorging on Thanksgiving turkey.)

This suppression might be connected with the calming effect of beer,” the researchers note, “since its normalizing effect on the tryptophan balance improves the availability of the ‘happiness hormone’ serotonin.” And who wouldn’t want happiness to be more available?

OK and now a few more benefits of beer from me

Relaxation – This is a good one for almost anyone that has sat on a patio on a spring or summer afternoon. The relaxation and relief of stress is famous for those having a beer even if the conversation always seems to turn to those office politics that get everyone riled up.

Reduces inhibitions – As we all know there are times we wish that we had gotten up and said something, either to those at work or a pretty girl at a bar and for this the alcohol in beer is a very good lubricant to the mind and mouth and will help in those situations where shyness gets the better of us.

Excuse for bad behavior – although there is no link to bad behavior and beer, many people have been known to say or do bad and ridiculous things and in the case where someone had consumed to much beer before this well there is a good excuse just waiting to be used.

So the next time someone looks down their nose at you for the stories that you tell about the night before and the beer that you drank. Come back here and point out that you were just doing the healthy thing there are benefits of beer and having a couple of beers is great.

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  1. Shaju Panikketty says

    It is a good news, I suggest always better a limited consumption, every thing in more will create problem. Alcohol is a dangerous thing if it is not under your control, specially with the youngsters.

  2. f.c.wong says

    Kindly tell me I occsionally drink about 12 cans of beer in one session and I do it once a week and someimtes a bit more and for ten days I have nothing. I also run about 8 km or more on most days. Do you think my drinking is giving me some problem. I am 56 and feeling quite healthy. I make sure that each time I have more than 10 beers or more I will stop for about a week or more.

    Thank you

  3. Boko says

    Personally I like drinking beer, so hearing this makes me happy. Of course, if there was a 100% heathy beer out there, someone would be getting rich.

  4. Mack Neil says

    K-Nutz; I agree with your comment on “shankar”.


    Benjamin Franklin: Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy.
    Sam Adams: Let no man thirst for good beer.
    Plato: He was a wise man who invented beer.
    Sophocles (on diet): I recommend….bread, meat, vegetables and beer.
    St. Brigid of Kildare: I would like a great lake of beer for the King of the kings; I would like the people of heaven to be drinking it through time eternal.

    Bene+dic, Domine, creaturam istam cerevisae, quam ex adipe frumenti producere dignatus es: ut sit remedium salutare humano generi: et praesta per invocationem nominis tui sancti, ut, quicumque ex ea biberint, sanitatem corporis, et animae tutelam percipiant. Per Christum Dominum nostrum. Amen.

  5. Magdy Ghoneim says

    It depens.. Because I wanted to hear something nice about Beer ,so I searched at google ,I wrote -the benifit of beer- as I am beer lover ,so I expected and wished to find nice words about beer.
    If I hate beer or drinking ,it is very easy to find many many sites talking bad words about it.
    Now ..what exactly do you like to hear about beer??

  6. says

    I believe there’s a benefit in drinking alcohol (beer) in a certain level, In excess of that would be dangerous. If you can’t control, then better not to drink.

  7. Larry L. McFall says

    The issue of general health and beer (Alcohol) is somewhat a risky subject. I believe that alcohol, specifically beer does in-deed offer health benifits within limitations. The risk is that it taste so good and gives that feel that we often desire causing us to want to drink more than would otherwise be healthy.

    If you can disipline yourself to the limitation otherwise, slow down a little and enjoy every drop of your favorite brew limiting yourself to about a 12oz bottle of the golden brew a day, it probably would not result in adverse effect such as liver problems. That displine factor is a tough nut to break but it can be done by beer drinkers if we didn’t associate the happy fun times that the beer commercials are pushing.

    I can think of a few prescription drugs that are commonly provided which is considered a possible health problem more serious than beer however, they usally are not associated with social happiness or at least, not in my social circle. Of course the prescription drugs are given after a disease has grasped us and a physician is treating it. Unfornutely, the FDA would probably not approve our favorite brew as a medical solution.

    It all boils down to what we all already know, Moderation!

  8. Ryan says

    Ha…… The truth is probably that nobody really knows what’s “good” or “bad” for us anymore. The so called “researchers” think that what’s good or bad for a genetically altered teenage mutant lab rat (ha ha) is also good or bad for humans. And just about every person you talk to is going to have a different opinion based on their so called “expertise” or “experience.”……… Even more, what doesn’t make a whole lot of sense is when they say things like “Results showed that there was a 40 percent lower risk of kidney stones in beer drinkers,…” …… While that may be true, I’m sure there are a slew of other important facts that may or may not have contributed to this conclusion. As for the claim that alcohol reduces your risk of stroke (that I’ve read on other sites); I know a guy who actually had a stroke while he was drunk. So I know that claim can’t be true. You have to ask questions like “What are they not telling us?” and “Under what circumtances did these experiments take place?” and “Who are these people that this 40% is based on and what other health factors are involved?”

    As a chemical engineering major, I can say that just about any scientfic experiment can be created to give desired results and the statistical ‘facts’ can be presented in such a way that they are percieved as the truth even if they are highly erroneous. Also, someone can reverse this and discredit something that is absolutely true by means of statistical data. Politicians are great examples of this.

    That being said, I’ve known a few people who drink a few beers a day (and have done so for many years) who are still very healthy and quite smart people and some that are healthy but not very smart. I’ve also met a few ‘drunks’ who are extremely stupid people and some healthy and others not so healthy. I even knew a husband and wife who stayed drunk just so they could “put up with one another” so to speak. Surprisingly their wedding vows ” ’til death do us part” stood solid. I’ve also known people (such as myself) to use alcoholic beverages for medicinal purposes. It works great for clearing up a cold, flu, and getting rid of a sore throat. Drink some alcoholic beverage before going to bed and wrap up in a blanket. You’ll wake up in sweat the next morning, but it works great for winter ailments. Not to mention the good night of sleep you get.

    I’m sure that alcohol may (keyword: may) have some health benefits, but only in moderation. But getting drunk on the other hand could be dangerous. From the mouth of a drunk I talked to “Sometimes, getting drunk can be fun around the holidays and it can make sex seem like a new and wild adventure every time. But getting drunk at a bar can cause bad things to happen. You could get raped by a fat ugly chick or worse….. you could get killed on the way home by a sniper with an out of control body bag or one of those pink circus elephants could flip your car over and crush you.” And while this guy hasn’t drunk himself to death, remember alcohol is a poison if you drink a lot of it. That’s why some people get drunk and pass out from drinking too much.

  9. joey says

    ok listen beer is good and only good for the kidneys so if you have kidney disease or kidney problems like me drink up by the way im only 19 and i believe here in the states we should be able to drink when we turn 18 and a beer a day is good for you and i know a glass of wine a day is really good for preventing cancer so i d say drink 1 glass of wine in the morning and 1 beer in the evening say after work and you’ll be cancer and prob kidney stood free

  10. Shankar says

    Beer is good or bad but its not normal for any human to nab his / her senses with some chemicals hence the one which is not normal is bad . On all this article you guys have not mentioned the choloestrol part . So is it good or bad . Just by suffixing it we are encourage a substance which is a evil for the society.

  11. Kevin in OR says

    @John (from April 5th 2009 at 4:05am)
    This is a site that someone has put together to try and help spread information regarding health… with that in mind, what kind of immature person starts out there comment with a rude; “are you an idiot?”? … all of the negative effects of beer that you rambled of in your innapropriate comment are caused by alcohol ABUSE… which is irrelevant, considering that the article states and emphasizes “moderation” time and time again in an attempt to hammer home the message for simple minded folk such as yourself.

    @Robert (from June 8th 2008 at 4:32pm)
    The health benefits of moderate beer consumption are very well documented and proved to be accurate by numerous scientific studies… if you are indeed a “heart doctor” as you claim to be, then I feel sorry for your patients and will be sure to tell any friends looking for a heart doctor to “avoid the ‘Roberts'”.

  12. josh says

    I was drinking 6 beers a day and was going to stop. But after reading this I will now continue. Thanks !

  13. Pradeep says

    beer-with little amount of barley with some hopes and with some small quantity of alcohol.I drink every weekend.Whether its good or bad im going to continue it.I love it. I wil never stop

  14. says

    Like everything else, moderation is key. Of course radically elevated consumption will eventually cause serious health conditions to emerge. But 1 glass after a hard day isn’t a problem.

  15. randall says

    well i drink at least a 12 pack a day…more than a case a day on weekends…so i am no amateur…just went to the lab and my liver enzymes are a little high but within normal range…i take milk thistle and an artichoke supplement along with a lot of vitamins and minerals….the biggest problem is magnesium with alcohol consumption….hey..drink all the beer you can..just don’t go with more alcohol content is my advice…for what it is worth….the sham (a german/irish/english person….what a good combo for an alkie)….peace

  16. John says

    Are you an idiot?

    “(Tryptophan is also commonly cited as the reason people feel tired after gorging on Thanksgiving turkey.)”

    While it is true that it is commonly cited as the reason people feel tired after gorging on Thanksgiving turkey, it is a proven fact that there is no Tryptophan in turkey. It is an urban legend.

    Beer makes people feel more awake, but it is a downer. A depressant. You know…something that doesn’t make you wide awake.

    Lets not forget the terrible facts that any alcohol consumption has on the liver. Why doesn’t anyone very mention the negative effects anymore?

    Endorphins make a person happy. There are a number of ways to release endorphins…such as chewing gum, riding a motorcycle, or anything else you do for fun. That doesn’t mean I should get on a bullet bike and go 140 mph in a school zone. The rush is good for me…but the way I get it isn’t. The same goes for alcoholic drinks. There may be some things it provides that are so called “good for you”, but it isn’t from the alcohol, its from whats mixed with it. Take red wine for example. Its good for the heart…but so is non-alcoholic red wine. So what is really good for the heart? The grapes? or the alcohol?

    Just so you know…

    Chronic heavy drinking can lead to alcoholic hepatitis, and cirrhosis. It causes Cardiorespiratory Disease, which weakens the hear muscle (causing cardiac myopathy), elevate blood pressure, and increases the risk of stroke. Brain damage is another factor, as it creates vitamin deficiencies, especially of thiamin…or Vitamin B1. Cancer of the liver, stomach, and colone, as well as malignant melanoma (skin cancer). Digestive problems…and more.

    I know this is almost a fun work of satire, since I too read all the crazy theories on the justifications of the consumption of alcohol, but some people might actually believe this crap. So hopefully this clears up some things. 😉

  17. john says

    Well i find that beer has always made me feel good, and that is not just the alcohol. I feel that the hops barley and all even if pasturized is still very good for me.

  18. esther says

    wno yo solo queria darles la gracia
    por que yo stoy haciendo un trabajo sobre el alcohol
    y esta pagina me a ayudado un poco

  19. Doctor Search says

    Your article was quite intriguing and the information quite useful. Will check your site often to see other great posts you make! Regards

  20. Bill Nad says

    Who’s a heart doctor? I hope you were not referring to me. Anyway there is absolutely no way that beer is in actual fact good for you.

    I researched everything I could find about beer being good for you just because I was bottling some home made beer that I had brewed and knew that the downside of alcohol consumption far outweigh any health benefits of drinking alcohol.

    I tell you I certainly had fun writing this article and finding all of the studies that say good things about beer. I am not sure if you are aware but most studies are done at universities so there is a good chance that the young or young at heart anyway would be interested in the health benefits of beer.

  21. Robert says

    Are you mad? The above paragraph has just written to kid… Do not belive the above lines. BEER is always bad for health. DO NOT DRINK BEER.

    Heart Doctor

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