A beer a day keeps the doc away
By Henry Biggs – TheSun.co.uk
Going to the pub is good for you – and having a pint while you are there is even better.
Blokes have been telling their wives that for years and boffins at Leeds University have proved them right.
The researchers found the welcoming atmosphere of a boozer helps men relax. Two out of five said they went to chat with pals. Only one in 10 claimed they were there for the beer.
So we’ve come up with 10 good reasons to raise a pint glass to your good health…
1. Moderate beer consumption protects the body from Helicobacter pylori, a bacterium which causes stomach ulcers and is associated with cancer of the stomach.
2. There is no link between the amount you drink and the chances of developing a beer belly, a study by University College London found.
3. Beer is naturally rich in silicon, a mineral that helps strengthen bones and protects against the brittle bone condition osteoporosis. The silicon comes from grains used in brewing and is readily absorbed by the body.
4. A study of 5,000 British men found that those drinking a couple of pints a day significantly reduced their risk of developing Type 2 diabetes.
5. Beer contain polyphenols, which cut levels of “lousy” LDL cholesterol. Scientists in Portugal discovered that one found only in beer was the most effective at combating breast cancer – so take the missus along for a pint as well.
6. Beer is rich in vitamin B6, which stops build-up of homocysteine, a chemical linked to increased risk of heart attacks. Ethanol, the alcohol in beer, also helps by thinning blood and by boosting levels of the “happy” HDL cholesterol.
7. Scientists in Finland found that men drinking a bottle of beer a day cut their risk of getting kidney stones by 40 per cent. They think this is because beer contains diuretics, which help flush out the kidneys.
8. The average pint contains 20 per cent of the daily recommended dose of fibre, which helps lower cholesterol. It’s also packed with B-group vitamins. There are only around 200 calories in a pint, less than in a jacket potato.
9. A Dutch study of the over-50s found people who had one to three small beers a day had a 42 per cent lower risk of dementia than tee-totallers. But the risk rises again if you’re a heavy boozer.
10. Darker ales in particular contain antioxidants that halve the risk of cataracts, an age-related eye problem, according to the University of Western Ontario.