Beer and Health: Nine Questions Answered

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Beer and Health: Nine Questions Answered

6. Does beer have any health benefits?
Perhaps surprisingly to some, beer does provide certain nutrition and health benefits. First, alcohol of any kind — beer, wine, spirits — may lower the risk of heart disease. It’s thought to do so, in part, by making the blood less sticky and, therefore, less likely to clot. (Dark beers contain more antioxidants than light beers, which may be protective against heart disease.) Alcohol may help raise HDL, or “good,” cholesterol, too.

Second, beer may lower the risk of forming kidney stones. Third, beer might strengthen your bones. It contains silicon, a mineral found in some foods and beverages, that is needed for bone health. Fourth, beer is a source of B vitamins, which help the body derive energy from food.

Originally Published August 4, 2014

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