Beer: 5 Benefits and 5 Disadvantages
Beer Really That Bad for You?
Read about its advantages and negative side effects and make your own decision.
The Benefits of Beer
- Provides vitamins, minerals, and flavonoids: Beer is rich in many B-group vitamins and minerals such as magnesium. The barley and hops used in the production of beer are rich in flavonoids, which have powerful antioxidant effects.
- Lowers risk of coronary heart disease (CHD): Many studies states that a moderate drinker is at a lower risk of CHDs.
- Helps produce good cholesterol: its help in altering the ratio of beneficial HDL cholesterol to LDL cholesterol.
- Reduces risk of kidney stones: Beer consumption may reduce the risk of developing kidney stones. Finnish researchers found that there was a 40% lower risk of kidney stones in beer drinkers.
- Protects against radiation: Japanese researchers found that beer helps reduce chromosomal damage from radiation exposure.
The Negative Side Effects of Drinking Beer
- "Beer belly": Heavy beer drinking may promote abdominal obesity (the so-called "beer belly") in men.
- Heartburn: Beer contains powerful stimulants of gastric acid secretion and may provoke gastroesophageal reflux and cause heartburn.
- High blood pressure: Daily beer consumption may increase blood pressure.
- Intoxication and dehydration: Alcohol is a dehydrating agent and downer that reduces activity of the central nervous system. High amounts of alcohol can turn into dehydration, intoxication, and hangover.
- Impairment of driving-related skills: Even small amounts of alcohol can have adverse effects on attention and motor skills. Many serious accidents are alcohol related.