Anywhere friends...today i found this articles about beer. Before this i didn't see any positive or advantages of beer to human health. But today...is really wonderful....here are the 8 reasons to drink beer. Well...actually please, please ....actually this article doesn't mean to encourage we all to drink beer ya! but just for info that drinking beer in an ideal volume is good for health. Don't drink until you get drunk lah!!!!
1. Heart Health
A vast number of studies show that moderate consumption of alcohol, including beer, may reduce the risk of heart disease--consistently the No. 1 cause of death in the United States
Beyond helping you get heart healthy, moderate drinking also may help prevent the formation of blood clots that can block arteries in the heart, neck and brain, according to the Harvard School of Public Health.
Hypertension, which affects about 65 million people in the United States, is linked with an increased risk in heart disease and death. But a 2007 study by Dutch researchers and researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center found a link between hypertensive men drinking moderate amounts of alcohol and a lower risk of fatal and non-fatal heart attacks.
Studies have shown that people with diabetes who drink moderately may be able to reduce their risk of coronary heart disease, their biggest killer. Research also indicates that a light drinking habit may help protect men and women from developing Type 2 diabetes. This may be a result of increased insulin sensitivity or anti-inflammatory effects.
5. Cognitive Function
Is beer good for your brain? Research suggests the answer is yes. A 2006 report published in a journal of the American Heart Association showed that moderate drinking may be associated with better cognitive function in women. Likewise, a 2003 study in the Journal of the American Medical Association said that adults over 65 who consume between one and six alcoholic beverages each week have a lower risk of dementia than non-drinkers and heavier drinkers.
Studies have shown that beer may play a role in preventing bone loss and rebuilding bone mass in men and young women--post menopausal women have not been seen to benefit. The effect is believed to be tied to the beverage's high silicon content. Excessive drinking, however, can lead to a greater number of bone fractures.
7. Staying Alive
A review of 50 studies has shown there's an inverse association between moderate drinking and total mortality under all scenarios for middle-aged and older adults, according to a 2005 report from the United States Department of Agriculture. The lowest risk of death appears to occur when people consume one to two drinks per day, likely a result of the protective effects against coronary heart disease and stroke.
8. Feeling Healthier
People who drink beer, spirits or wine tend to report fewer instances of ill health than those who abstain, according to a 2001 study published in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health. The higher the consumption of total alcohol, researchers found, the lower the levels of subjective poor health.
source taken from forbes.com