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Beer - Reduces heart disease, promotes bone health.
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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.

Beer trivia:
Beer is sometimes called Liquid Bread, due to the ingredients used in making beer. (Eg. malt, barley, wheat, hop, yeast.)


Sköl is the popular Scandinavian toast, and is derived from the word skal. Skal is a drinking bowl shaped like the upper half of a human skull. It is a popular belief that these bowls were from the actual skulls of enemies killed in battle. (Although there is no conclusive proof that it is so.)

According to the Guinness people (Ireland's famous brewery), it is estimated that in Great Britain, more than 92,000 litres of beer each year are lost in moustaches and beards. (Ed's note: Gosh they must have a lot of hairy faced people drinking beer in the U.K.)


Other interesting uses for beer:

Meat tenderizer
Marinate tough meat in beer for about an hour and this should tenderize it enough. The beer also adds to the flavour of the meat.

Hair conditioner
Mix a quarter cup of flat beer with half a cup of warm water. After shampooing your hair, pour and rub into hair. Leave in for at least 2-3 minutes, and then rinse off with water.

Furniture (wood) cleaner
Dampen a soft cloth with flat beer. Wipe furniture. Then use a clean dry cloth to wipe dry.

Gold jewellery polish
(Same as above). Dampen a soft cloth with flat beer. Wipe furniture. Then use a clean dry cloth to wipe dry.

Have an insect-free garden party
Place some disposable cups with beer in it, around the perimeter of your party. Chances are, the insects will be hovering around the beer and not your guests.

Garden snail and slug trap
Cut an empty milk or juice carton in half or three-quarters. Discard the top. Dig a hole that will just fit the cut carton. Place the carton into the hole. The top of the carton should be at the same level as the ground. Pour in some beer to fill up half of the buried carton. Leave overnight. The next morning you would probably find some drunk and drowned snails and slugs. (Ed's note: Ah well, at least they died happy.)

Note: We are not promoting drinking especially binge drinking. All the research studies have shown that moderate drinking has health benefits (ie. One to two drinks a day). For people who are allergic to alcohol, or do not like alcohol, please do not start.

Disclaimer: The info provided is for academic and research purposes only, and do not qualify as medical advice. Please always consult a medical expert for all medical queries and advice.


Beer humour
A drunk is driving through the city and his car is weaving all over the road. Eventually a cop pulls him over.
"Did you know," says the cop, "that a few intersections back, your wife fell out of your car?"
"Oh, thank heavens," sighs the drunk. "For a minute there, I thought I'd gone deaf."

Beer quote
When we drink, we get drunk. When we get drunk, we fall asleep. When we fall asleep, we commit no sin. When we commit no sin, we go to heaven. So, let's all get drunk and go to heaven!
-- George Bernard Shaw

Ed's note: To my friends at the Carlsberg Brewery, Shah Alam, Malaysia. Keep on brewing! Love your beer. Now you know the possible origin of "Sköl".

To my pal, Paul M. in London. Hope to catch a coupla' pints with you in an English pub one day.

Cheers, mates!



References:
[1] Beer may be able to protect aginst heart disease better than wine:
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/health/727912.stm

[2] American Heart Association - Homocysteine
http://www.americanheart.org/presenter.jhtml?identifier=535

[3] Moderate alcohol intake (ie. about half a pint of beer or equivalent) nightly, can help to protect our bones.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/health/713698.stm

[4] Tufts University - Moderate beer consumption (one drink per day for women, and two drinks per day for men) helps to protect bone mineral density, and prevent clogged arteries (ie. reduce risk of heart disease):
http://www.tufts.edu/communications/stories/041204TheBuzzOnBeer.htm

[5] University of Western Ontario - Beer has same health benefits as red wine
http://communications.uwo.ca/media_newsroom/story.html?listing_id=14653

Beer in moderation protect against heart attacks, stroke, hypertension, diabetes and dementia.
http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2002/08/13/earlyshow/health/main518587.shtml

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