Beer

Reduces heart disease • Reduces stress • Promotes bone health
 
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Apples - Reduces cholesterol.
Asparagus - Mild laxative, kidney stimulant.
Aubergine (eggplant)
Beer - Reduces heart disease, promotes bone health.
Cranberry - Treats urinary tract infection (UTI).
Cucumber - Skin friend, ant repellent.
Kiwi Fruit (Chinese gooseberry).
Muscovado Sugar (a.k.a. Barbados sugar)

 


 

   

Beer
Can you put 'beer' and 'health' in the same sentence? Some scientists believe that we can. Research is showing that beer does have many health benefits for moderate drinkers. Moderate drinkers is defined as: one drink per day for women, and 2 drinks per day for men.

The BBC reported that the vitamin B6 in beer, helps prevent homocysteine buildup in the body, which in turn reduces the risk of heart disease[1]. Homocysteine is an amio acid in the blood. The American Heart Association reported that epidemiological studies have shown that too much homocysteine in the blood (plasma) is related to a higher risk of coronary heart disease, stroke and peripheral vascular disease, and people who are at high risk are advised to get enough folic acid and vitamins B6 and B12 in their diet [2]. Beer actually has loads of the B vitamins (B1/Thiamin, B2/Riboflavin, B3/Niacin, B6/Pyridoxine, B12/Cobalamin) which are linked to nerve health, anti-stress, energy production, cardio vascular protection, immunity improvement, and possible anti-cancer properties.

Another interesting benefit of beer. The Osteoporosis Research Unit in Aberdeen (Scotland) found that dietary calcium and modest alcohol intake had a posititive health benefits on women's bone health. [3][4]

Beer also may provide protection against diabetes, cancer, heart disease, and cataracts. In the University of Western Ontario, research results have shown that one drink of beer a day increases blood plasma antioxidant activity. This helps prevent free radical oxidation of blood plasma that triggers these diseases [5]. However, Professor John Trevithick, the lead researcher, cautions that more than three drinks a day actually increases the risk.

Other health benefits of beer include increasing the amount of good clolesterol (HDL) in the bloodstream, decrease blood clots. Beer promotes sleep, blood vessel dilation. It is a diuretic (ie. promotes urination). Caution: Excess urination will lead to dehydration. Drink more water after drinking beer.