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Benefits of Beer And Its Side Effects

The health benefits of beer are vast, ranging from prevention of cancer and diabetes, to aiding the digestive system, as well as for treating osteoporosis and hypertension. Beer is very effective in preventing the formation of kidney stones. Beer is rich in vitamins, which helps prevent anemia, as well as promotes skin and hair health. Consumption of beer on a moderate basis has been proved to drastically reduce cholesterol levels, and keep the heart healthy, as well as prevent the onset of cardiovascular diseases.

Benefits of Beer And Its Side Effects

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Beer
Nutritional Value of Beer
Nutritional facts Per 100 Grams
Vitamins and Minerals
Health Benefits of Beer
Helps prevent cancer
Reduces risk of cardiovascular diseases
Helps control diabetes
Prevents Alzheimer’s disease
Prevents formation of kidney stones
Helps reduce cholesterol levels
Helps strengthen bones
Treats dandruff
Prevents anemia
Improves skin health
Cleanses gastro-intestinal tract
Uses of Beer
Side-Effects & Allergies of Beer
Cultivation of Beer

Beer

One of the most widely consumed alcoholic beverages in the world, beer is brewed from malted barley, and occasionally from wheat and maize. During the brewing process, fermentation of the starch sugars in the wort produces ethanol and carbonation in the resulting beer. In commercial brewing, the natural carbonation effect is often removed during processing and replaced with forced carbonation.

Nutritional Value of Beer

A regular bottle of beer is loaded with around 145 calories and around 11-15 grams of carbs. The water used to make beer is boiled very early on in the brewing process, as a result of which any present pathogens are killed off. The presence of folate in beer helps lower the risk of heart disease when consumed in moderation. Beer also reduces blood clots and it has been shown to improve mental function in women as well as increasing bone density.

Nutritional facts Per 100 Grams

43 Calories
4 mg Sodium
27 mg Potassium
3.6 g Total Carbohydrate
0.5 g Protein

Vitamins and Minerals

1 % Magnesium

Health Benefits of Beer

Mentioned below are the best health benefits of Beer
Health Benefits of Beer

Helps prevent cancer

A flavonoid compound called Xanthohumol is found in the hops commonly used in brewing beer. It has been seen to play a major role in the prevention of cancer, including prostate cancer. Beer also contains polyphenols, which – similar to red wine – are very effective in fighting cancer.

Reduces risk of cardiovascular diseases

Beer is rich in Vitamin B6, which helps protect against heart diseases by preventing the build-up of a compound called homocysteine. It has a thinning effect on the blood and prevents the formation of clots, which cause blocks in the coronary arteries. Consumption of beer in moderate amounts also reduces the risk of inflammation, which is the root cause of atherosclerosis.

Helps control diabetes

Studies have reported that people who drink a moderate amount of beer have a lower risk of developing Type 2 diabetes. A moderate intake of beer, combined with exercise and a diet rich in vitamins, can help combat diabetes. Beer significantly reduces blood glucose levels, thus helping patients suffering from diabetes.

Prevents Alzheimer’s disease

Perhaps one of the most remarkable health benefits of beer is its ability to protect against Alzheimer’s. Studies have reported that moderate beer drinkers are 23% less likely to develop different forms of dementia and cognitive impairment, including Alzheimer’s. The silicon content in beer is thought to protect the brain from the harmful effects of high amounts of aluminum in the body, which are one of the possible causes of Alzheimer’s.

Prevents formation of kidney stones

Moderate daily consumption of beer can greatly reduce the risk of developing kidney stones. Beer has a high-water content, which helps flush out harmful toxins from the body, and keeps the kidneys functioning properly. Also, compounds in hops used in brewing help slow the release of calcium from bones, which in turn prevents buildup of lost calcium in the kidney in the form of stones.

Helps reduce cholesterol levels

Moderate consumption of beer is one of the most unorthodox, yet a very effective way of cutting down on your cholesterol levels. The barley used in brewing of beer contains a type of soluble fiber known as beta-glucans that has been shown to help in lowering cholesterol levels.

Helps strengthen bones

Beer contains pretty high amounts of silicone. Silicone is very intricately linked to bone health. People who drink beer in moderate amounts are less prone to fractures owing to a higher bone density, than people who do not drink beer.

Treats dandruff

Beer is considered one of the best natural treatments for dandruff. Beer has high levels of yeast and Vitamin B, which makes it very effective against dandruff. Rinsing your hair with beer, or a shampoo that contains beer is enough to get rid of dandruff and make your hair healthy and shiny.

Prevents anemia

Beer is a good source of vitamin B12 and folic acid, a deficiency of which may lead to anemia. Vitamin B12 is also essential for maintaining normal growth, good memory and concentration.

Improves skin health

Beer contains vitamin E, which is a very effective antioxidant. Thus, beer helps maintain healthy skin. Studies have also shown that regular consumption of beer in moderate amounts can help slow down the aging process of skin.

Cleanses gastro-intestinal tract

Beer is a good source of soluble fibers that promote general health. These soluble fibers are good for the heart, and they are also very helpful in cleaning up the digestive tracts.

Uses of Beer

Beer is not only the world’s most-widely consumed alcoholic beverage, it also a huge variety of other uses. Beer is often used to help prevent heart and circulatory diseases, and is also effective in treating congestive heart failure. Studies have reported that people who drink a moderate amount of beer have a lower risk of developing Type 2 diabetes. Beer contains antioxidant compounds as well as vitamins and proteins which help improve skin and hair health. Beer is a great addition to your daily beauty routine, as it contains a variety of acids, enzymes as well as other healthy compounds that are derived from the process of fermentation.

Side-Effects & Allergies of Beer

When consumed in moderation, beer can actually be good for health. However, excessive drinking can have a negative impact on health. Drinking too much beer can adversely affect blood sugar levels. Beer works as a diuretic, so while it may be extremely refreshing to drink on a hot day, drinking in excess can make you lose fluid both through urine and sweat in such situations. Also, a majority of beer variants found in the market contain malted barley. Barley contains gluten, a type of protein. Some people are allergic to gluten, so you need to double check the compounds present in your beer, in that case. Beer contains some stimulants that work with gastric acid, which may lead to the onset of gastro-esophageal reflux and result in heartburn.

Cultivation of Beer

Beer is one of the oldest beverages in the world. The ancient Egyptians first documented the brewing process on papyrus scrolls around 5,000 B.C. These first beers were brewed with things like dates, pomegranates, and other indigenous herbs. The Egyptians used beer for religious ceremonies, with the Pharaoh directing the brewing schedule and distribution to the masses. Beer eventually made its way from the Middle East across the Mediterranean to Europe, where it became an integral part of life. Along with Northern European countries like Germany and Belgium, the British Isles too, became a brewing center. Many styles of beer familiar to drinkers today have their roots in Britain; pale ales, porters, and stouts have been brewed in England and Ireland for hundreds of years. Details of the brewing process depend very much on the type of beer to be produced and can also differ considerably from country to country and even from brewery to brewery.

Popular Questions & Answers

Is it good for health to drink a bear 1ce in a month. If yes? Then what are its benefits?

BHMS
Homeopath, Secunderabad
Do not take anything other than food items for health benefits. Since beer is an alcoholic beverages it should be taken only out of your personal choice ( if you like it) and not for health benefits.
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Is drinking beer will gives any health related problems and is it improve your weight and drinking beer how many times in a week is not bad?

BASM, MD, MS (Counseling & Psychotherapy), MSc - Psychology, Certificate in Clinical psychology of children and Young People, Certificate in Psychological First Aid, Certificate in Positive Psychology, Positive Psychiatry and Mental Health
Psychologist, Palakkad
Dear user. Limited use of beer has advantages. The health benefits of beer include anticancer properties, a reduced risk of cardiovascular diseases, increased bone density, the prevention of dementia and coronary disease, aid to the digestive system, and anti-aging properties, as well as treating diabetes, gallstones, kidney stones, osteoporosis, and hypertension. Take care.
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Dr. is good to be taken one bottle of Guinness stout beer everyday what are the benefits of it and disadvantages on human health.

PGDD, RD, Bachelor of Home Science
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Mumbai
Hye. Thankyou for the query. There are no health benefits of beer. Beer for most in moderation (This translates to a 10 ounce glass a week) may initially not seem to cause any serious problems. Drinking more than this at one sitting is POSSIBLY UNSAFE and can cause a lot of side effects, including: flushing, confusion, trouble controlling emotions, blackouts, loss of coordination, seizures, drowsiness, trouble breathing, hypothermia, low blood sugar, vomiting, diarrhea, bleeding, irregular heartbeat, and others. Long-term use can lead to alcohol dependence and can cause many serious side effects, including: malnutrition, memory loss, mental problems, heart problems, liver failure, swelling (inflammation) of the pancreas, cancers of the digestive track, and others. Drinking beer definitely does make you gain weight but generally around the belly even though you just take it moderately.
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As I have read regarding the benefits of beer , one doubt has struck in my mind. Beer is considered to be a alcoholic beverage which in over doses may produce unnecessary actions on the body and the person is unconscious of what he is doing? So how can you promote beer as a energy supplement rich in B complex? I don't have the habit of drinking and I have finally fixed in my mind to not to drink any alcoholic beverages in my life. Please advice about it

Bachelor of Ayurvedic Medicines and Surgery(BAMS), Post Graduation Diploma in Emergency Medicines And Services(PGDEMS), MD - Alternate Medicine
Ayurveda, Ghaziabad
if alcohol taken in small quantity...it is not injurious for health...but its quality should be very good..in ayurveda asava and arishta contain alcohol and they are used as medicines in various diseases..
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What are the benefits of drinking bear. Can I drink it daily? How much can I drink?

PGDD, RD, Bachelor of Home Science
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Mumbai
Hye. There are no health benefits of beer. Beer for most in moderation (this translates to a 10 ounce glass a week) may initially not seem to cause any serious problems. Drinking more than this at one sitting is possibly unsafe and can cause a lot of side effects, including: flushing, confusion, trouble controlling emotions, blackouts, loss of coordination, seizures, drowsiness, trouble breathing, hypothermia, low blood sugar, vomiting, diarrhea, bleeding, irregular heartbeat, and others. Long-term use can lead to alcohol dependence and can cause many serious side effects, including: malnutrition, memory loss, mental problems, heart problems, liver failure, swelling (inflammation) of the pancreas, cancers of the digestive track, and others. Try to keep consumption to minimum because you would not realise that not only you may get addicted but malnourished too in case of excess consumption.
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Popular Health Tips

8 Alcoholic Drinks That Might Secretly Keep You Healthy

BSc Home Science, M.Sc - Dietitics / Nutrition
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Bangalore
8 Alcoholic Drinks That Might Secretly Keep You Healthy

According to the preconceived notion, drinking alcohol is harmful to the body. It is partly true. Drinking alcohol is harmful to the body, but only in huge proportions. In fact, despite popular belief, drinking alcohol is also good for health.

Here are 8 alcohols that are secretly keeping you healthy:

  1. Beer: The most common alcoholic drink, beer is loaded with antioxidants called phenols. This protects you against suffering from heart diseases. Beer also lowers the risk of acquiring high blood pressure and helps maintaining it.
  2. Red Wine: Apart from being a classy drink and having the same benefits of beer, the additional brownie points of red wine is that it helps in increasing life span by generating longevity genes. It also increases good cholesterol and reduces bad cholesterol in the body.
  3. Ethanol: Ethanol reduces the risk of wear and tear in the brain neurons. Any damage to the neurons may lead to Alzheimer's or dementia. Hence ethanol helps to prevent any harm to the brain cells.
  4. Vodka: Vodka helps in clearing bad breath as the high alcohol content kills all bad odour bacteria present. It also helps to reduce stress and disinfect wound. It improves the health of the skin and stimulates hair growth. Toothache is also another issue which Vodka can work wonders on.
  5. Whisky: Whisky helps to numb throat pain when it is gargled in a mixture with warm water. It stimulates weight loss. Whisky also helps in preventing dementia. Other benefits of this drink that it prevents diabetes and cancer. It also helps to keep the heart healthy, increases the level of good cholesterol and terminates blood clots. Whiskey is believed to be one of the healthiest drinks among the alcoholic beverages.
  6. Tonic: The combination of gin and tonic is very useful while treating malarial infection as it contains quinine; which is used for the treatment of malaria.
  7. Brandy: Brandy is one alcoholic drink which is full of healthy antioxidants. It has anti ageing properties; hence is very good for the skin. Brandy also reduces the level of bad cholesterol in the body. It also helps in the treatment of bladder and ovarian cancer as well as sore throats and cough.
  8. Rum: Rum increases life longevity. It is very beneficial for the heart. It also functions as a blood thinner and helps in increasing the level of good cholesterol. Having this wonderful drink occasionally also guards you against osteoporosis and common cold.
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Top Weight Loss Tips

Doctor of Medicine (M.D.), MBBS Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery
General Physician, Bangalore
Top Weight Loss Tips

Obesity and wellness 

Top ten weight loss tips 

1) Exercise regularly, eat less and sleep more 
2) Check hormones like thyroid and review any of your medications are causing weight gain.
3) Eat food as raw as possible.
 Avoid processed foods.
 Eat only when hungry 
4) Avoid too much fruits 

5) Avoid beer
6) Avoid artificial sweeteners 
7) Follow low carbohydrate diet 
8) Follow intermittent fasting 
9) Follow ketogenic diet in resistant cases
10) Consider weight loss pills and bariatric surgery if above measures fails and if bmi is too high 

Remember, weight needs consistent efforts. Its 90%mental phenomenan.

 

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Alcohol and Heart Disease - All that you need to know!

MBBS, MD - Internal Medicine, DM - Cardiology, Cardiac Device Specialist (CCDS - Physician )
Cardiologist, Delhi
Alcohol and Heart Disease - All that you need to know!

Harmful Effects of Alcohol on Heart-- 

  1. Excessive alcohol intake leads to increase in cholesterol and BP which are risk factors for heart attack or blockages. 
  2. Excessive alcohol intake leads to alcohol induced cardio-myopathy or weakening of heart muscle. 
  3. Excessive alcohol intake is also a risk factor for developing irregular heart rate called Atrial Fibrillation

Recommended daily alcohol intake value - 

Men - Upto 2 glasses/day 

Women - 1 glass/day (studies have shown that even small amount of alcohol intake in women is very harmful) A drink is one 12 oz. beer, 4 oz. of wine, 1.5 oz. of 80-proof spirits, or 1 oz. of 100-proof spirits. Binge drinking should be ABSOLUTELY avoided. 

Red wine - There is no clear cut data to prove that red wine has some cardioprotective properties. A few small studies have suggested so, but as of now there is no clear cut answer. 

Alcohol and Aspirin - If you are on aspirin and take alcohol then you have higher chances of developing gastric ulcers and erosions. Hence you should try to reduce drinking if you do. If you do not drink then there is no need for you to start drinking as drinking alcohol does not provide any major benefit.

In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

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How To Reduce Acidity?

Masters Of Science In Dietetics And Food Service Management Msc. (DFSM), Certified Diabetes Educator (CDE), Advanced Clinical Nutrition Program, Post Graduate Diploma In Clinical Nutrition And Dietetics PGD, Bachelors Degree In Applied Nutrition Bhsc
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Mumbai
How To Reduce Acidity?

Gastric acid is formed in the stomach by hydrochloric acid ( HCI ) ,
Potassium Chloride ( KCI ) and Sodium Chloride ( NAC ) which causes acidity.

Here are some tips to reduce Acidity :

  • Choose an alkaline diet – If you remember from your chemistry class in school, the pH Scale provides a measure between 0 most acidic and +14 most alkaline.Our body’s optimum is pH 7. 36 which is tilted towards being alkaline, an alkaline diet is one which helps you maintain a perfect Ph balance and does not create unnecessary acids. It is a fact that we usually like a lot of acidic food but this only harms our optimum body function.
  • Eat Greens- Eat a lot of green vegetables, fruits, roots, nuts. These are alkaline and keep you away from acidic gases. Make vegetables the focus of your meals, not meats.
  • Reduce the intake of Acidic food- Reduce your intake of acidic food like eggs, refined sugar, meat, white flour, and dairy.Limit Alcohol Consumption- Alcohol has high sugar content and is highly acidic. In large quantities, it can be fatal. It is perfectly ‘ok’ if you like a glass of beer or wine every now and then. Just be conscious of how much you drink.
  • Drink Alkaline Water – Drink a lot of alkaline water at least 8 to 10 glasses a day. Average tap water has an alkaline content of about 6.5 to 7 Ph but alkaline water has about 9 Ph . This will keep your body most hydrated and make sure you do not generate unnecessary gas or acid.
  • Exercise – Break into a sweat regularly. This will also help losing weight while keeping acidity in check.Seek Balance – Stress is a major cause for acid as well, so look at mind altering exercises like Meditation , Yoga , deep breathing and long walks.
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Homeopathy For Forgetfulness / Memory Loss

BHMS
Homeopath, Navi Mumbai
Homeopathy For Forgetfulness / Memory Loss

Memory slips are aggravating, frustrating, and sometimes worrisome. When they happen more than they should, they can trigger fears of looming dementia or Alzheimer’s disease. there are many mundane—and treatable—causes of forgetfulness. Here are seven common ones and how can homeopathic treatment can help you.To know more about homeopathy and homeopathic treatment read more.....

Lack of sleep.

Not getting enough sleep is perhaps the greatest unappreciated cause of memory slips. Too little restful sleep can also lead to mood changes and anxiety, which in turn contribute to problems with memory.

Medications.

Tranquilizers, antidepressants, some blood pressure drugs, and other medications can affect memory, usually by causing sedation or confusion. That can make it difficult to pay close attention to new things. Talk to your doctor or pharmacist if you suspect that a new medication is taking the edge off your memory. As shown in the table below, alternatives are usually available.

*Medications* that may affect memory and possible substitutes
If you take these drug, ask about switching to one of these drugs:
1.paroxetine (Paxil) another antidepressant such as fluoxetine (Prozac) or sertraline (Zoloft), or a different type of antidepressant such as duloxetine (Cymbalta) or venlafaxine (Effexor)
2.cimetidine (Tagamet) a different type of heartburn drug, such as lansoprazole (Prevacid), omeprazole (Prilosec), or esomeprazole (Nexium)
3.oxybutynin (Ditropan) or tolterodine (Detrol, Detrusitol) other medications for an overactive bladder, such as trospium (Sanctura), solifenacin (Vesicare), or darifenacin (Enablex)
4.amitriptyline (Elavil), desipramine (Norpramin), or nortriptyline (Aventyl, Pamelor) another type of medication, depending on why your doctor has prescribed a tricyclic antidepressant (neuropathic pain, depression, etc.)

5.*captopril (Capoten)* a different type of ACE inhibitor, such as enalapril, lisinopril, or ramipril
cold or allergy medication containing brompheniramine, chlorpheniramine, or diphenhydramine loratadine (Claritin) or other non-sedating antihistamine
(Adapted from Improving Memory: Understanding age-related memory loss, a Harvard Medical School Special Health Report)

 

Underactive thyroid

A faltering thyroid can affect memory (as well as disturb sleep and cause depression, both of which contribute to memory slips). A simple blood test can tell if your thyroid is doing its job properly.

Alcohol.

Drinking too much alcohol can interfere with short-term memory, even after the effects of alcohol have worn off. Although “too much” varies from person to person, it’s best to stick with the recommendation of no more than two drinks per day for men and no more than one a day for women. One drink is generally defined as 1.5 ounces (1 shot glass) of 80-proof spirits, 5 ounces of wine, or 12 ounces of beer.

Stress and anxiety.

Anything that makes it harder to concentrate and lock in new information and skills can lead to memory problems. Stress and anxiety fill the bill. Both can interfere with attention and block the formation of new memories or the retrieval of old ones.

 

Depression.

Common signs of depression include a stifling sadness, lack of drive, and lessening of pleasure in things you ordinarily enjoy. Forgetfulness can also be a sign of depression—or a consequence of it.

If memory lapses are bugging you, it’s worth a conversation with your doctor to see if any reversible causes are at the root of the problem. Something like getting more sleep, switching a medication, or a stress reduction program could get your memory back on track.

TREATMENT PROTOCOLS FOR POOR MEMORY

Spleen Kidney and heart are the 3 organs which provides memory

●Following are the three patterns of poor memory :

1) spleen deficiency causes poor memory, inability to concentrate and study.

2) deficiency of kidney essence causes poor everyday memory.

3) heart deficiency causes poor memory of past events , forgetting names.

1) Spleen deficiency causes
poor memory inability to concentrate
and study:
Main symptoms :
1) poor memory
2) tiredness
3) poor appetite
4) *pale tongue*
5) *weak pulse*

Treatment principle :
1) tone the spleen
2) strengthen intellect. Spleen houses intellect , which controls memorisation, study and concentration.

2) Kidney essence deficiency
causes poor memory everyday.
Main symptoms :
1) poor everyday memory
2) can not remember names , faces, roads etc.
3) dizziness
4) tinnitus
5) weakness
6) if kidney yang is deficient , tongue will be
pale
7) if kidney yin is deficient the tongue will be
red

Treatment principles :
1) tone the kidney
2) nourish essence and marrow

3) Heart deficiency causes

  • Poor memory of past events 
  • Forgetting names 

Main symptoms :

1) poor memory of past events
2) forgetting names
3) absent mindedness
4) tiredness
5) slight breathlessness
6) if there is heart yang deficiency the tongue will be pale with heart cracking
7) if there is heart yin deficiency the tongue will be red with heart crack

Treatment principle :
1) *tone the heart*
2) strengthen the mind and memory

Homeopathic treatment

There are many remedies in homeopathy to treat this condition. It requires a detailed study of the patient to know his/her lifestyle and life circumstances to be able to diagnose at the correct cause/causes so as to administer the right remedy. Since homeopathic medicines do not have sideeffects this is a very great advantage.

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Table of Content

Beer
Nutritional Value of Beer
Nutritional facts Per 100 Grams
Vitamins and Minerals
Health Benefits of Beer
Helps prevent cancer
Reduces risk of cardiovascular diseases
Helps control diabetes
Prevents Alzheimer’s disease
Prevents formation of kidney stones
Helps reduce cholesterol levels
Helps strengthen bones
Treats dandruff
Prevents anemia
Improves skin health
Cleanses gastro-intestinal tract
Uses of Beer
Side-Effects & Allergies of Beer
Cultivation of Beer