Beer: 5 Benefits and 5 Disadvantages

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

  1. 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.
  2. Lowers risk of coronary heart disease (CHD): Many studies states that a moderate drinker is at a lower risk of CHDs.
  3. Helps produce good cholesterol: its help in altering the ratio of beneficial HDL cholesterol to LDL cholesterol.
  4. 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.
  5. Protects against radiation: Japanese researchers found that beer helps reduce chromosomal  damage from radiation exposure.

The Negative Side Effects of Drinking Beer

  1. "Beer belly": Heavy beer drinking may promote abdominal obesity (the so-called "beer belly") in men.
  2. Heartburn: Beer contains powerful stimulants of gastric acid secretion and may provoke gastroesophageal reflux and cause heartburn.
  3. High blood pressure: Daily beer consumption may increase blood pressure.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.

 

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Mridul Padattil

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