Beer is one of the oldest and most popular alcoholic beverages in the world. Ancient Greek physician Paracelsus is even attributed with saying, “A little bit of beer is divine medicine.”
It is the third most popular drink overall, after water and tea.
Beer is also nutritious, although it could destroy your levels of vitamin C as well. Beer is an excellent source of fiber, as well as various other minerals, such as potassium, magnesium, and many B vitamins such as B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B9, and B12.
It is known that drinking beer in a moderate amount can have various benefits while drinking too much is risky and dangerous for your health.
1. Rich in Vitamin minerals and High in fiber
Beer is rich in many B-group vitamins and minerals such as magnesium. Unfiltered beer is especially high in B3, B6 and folic acid (B9). B3 aids in cell repair and B6 eases PMS. Folic acid aids in colon cancer prevention.
Fiber present in beer acts as a natural laxative. The barley and hops used in the production of beer are rich in flavonoids, which have powerful antioxidant effects
2. Reduces the risk of kidney stones
Beer consumption may reduce the risk of developing kidney stones. In fact, each bottle of beer you drink reduces the risk of developing kidney stones by 40%.
3. Lowers risk of coronary heart disease (CHD)
There is quite strong evidence that light-to-moderate alcohol consumption has cardio-protective properties.
Moderate drinkers are at lower risk of CHD-related mortality than both heavy drinkers and abstainers. The vitamin B6 in beer also seems to prevent the alcohol-induced rise in blood homocysteine, a probable heart disease risk factor.
4. Helps produce good cholesterol
A moderate intake has been shown to reduce the bad cholesterol that thickens arteries, and also reduces cholesterol in the liver (possibly due to the ethanol content). The bitter components raise the good HDL cholesterol, responsible for cleaning the bloodstream of the bad cholesterol.
5. Beer is natural
Beer is as all-natural as orange juice or milk. Beer doesn’t need preservatives because it has alcohol and hops, both of which are natural preservatives. Beer is only “processed” in the sense that bread is: It is cooked and fermented, then filtered and packaged.
1. Beer Belly
Alcohol consumption has long been linked to weight gain. Heavy beer drinking may promote abdominal obesity (the so-called “beer belly”) in men.
Beer contains powerful stimulants of gastric acid secretion and may provoke gastroesophageal reflux and cause heartburn.
3. Liver Damage
The liver is vulnerable to heavy drinkers due to its high fiber content. Fibers are known to accumulate in liver damaging it, which can eventually lead to liver failure.
4. Next Day Illness
Those who consume large amounts of beer may have a severe headache, accompanied by cotton mouth and other symptoms the next day to drinking.
5. Intoxication and dehydration
Alcohol is a dehydrating agent and downer that reduces the activity of the central nervous system. Even low amounts of alcohol can adversely affect attention and motor skills. In fact, many serious accidents are alcohol related.
High amounts of alcohol can also turn into dehydration, intoxication, and hangover.