Excess of everything is bad, and beer is no exception. Very often do we come across people whose lives have been ruined by excessive drinking? So, because of all that, we often downgrade beer as something harmful and tend to ignore someone who says that it can be beneficial too. We often think that people coming up with positive health effects of beer are either addict who wants to justify their addiction or those related to beer companies who want to increase their profits. However, that’s not always the case. Beer for bone health can have positive effects too, and its ability to tackle osteoporosis is one of them.
What is Osteoporosis?
Osteoporosis is a metabolic bone disorder that results in fragile and brittle bones, which are more prone to fractures. Though old age and hereditary play a very important role in this, it also depends greatly upon lifestyle factors which are very much under one’s control. People who smoke or those who are not physically active are at a higher risk of this disease. Moreover, a diet deficient in Vitamin-D and Silicone also increases the risk of osteoporosis.
Where does Beer Drinking Fit in?
According to research done on 100 commercially available beers, 1 L of beer could contain from 6.5 mg to 56.5 mg of silicone. It is a fairly good amount, and it will surely help in fulfilling our body’s everyday demand for silicones, which, according to USFDA, is around 40 mg a day. So, you can really say,
‘A Beer a day prevents Bone Decay.’
What Type of Beer helps the most?
In beer, silicones are present in the form of orthosilicic acid. This acid is water-soluble and is readily absorbed by our body. It is present in the highest quantity in ales which are made of barley and hops and is relatively less in beers with wheat, corn or something other than barley and hops as their main constituent.
So, if you want a beer that fulfills all the silicone needs of your body, then go for ales. Among ales, too dark colored ones have less silicone when compare to the pale ales. Moreover, according to the researches done on beers, Indian pale ale contains a higher quantity of silicones than all other beers.
Isn’t Alcohol Bad for Bone Health?
Yes, an excess of alcohol is bad for bone health, but moderate drinking is beneficial. If you stick to the everyday beer drinking limit of not more than 2-3 pints, you will always remain on the safer side. You should prefer beers that are low in calories, low in alcohol, and made up primarily of water, barley and hop. But remember, if you cross the limit and binge drink beer every time, it will be worse for your bones.
What if One doesn’t like Beer?
There are many reasons why many of us drink beer, and there are many reasons why some of us don’t drink beer. Whatever they might be, you don’t have to force yourself to drink beer just because of its health benefits. If you have an all-around diet that includes healthy foods like beans, bananas, lentils, bread, and potatoes, you need not worry about your body becoming silicone deficient. However, you should also avoid other alcohol rich drinks like alcohol, if consumed excessively, might lead to osteoporosis (and many other diseases as well).
Well, if you want to live a healthy lifestyle and, at the same time, don’t want yourself to miss out on the fun, preferring beer over other drinks containing higher alcohol could be a better option. Nevertheless, don’t take it as health advice, and if you have to indulge in beer drinking, do it only on a moderate basis.