It seems that every day brings a new National Something Day and April 7 is no exception. The folks in charge of these National Days of remembrance have given this day to beer. Yes, April 7 has been deemed National Beer Day. This was the day marking the end of prohibition of beer in the United States. President Franklin Roosevelt signed the Cullen-Harrison Act on March 23, 1933, which ended the 13-year ban on low-alcohol beer, but that the law didn’t go into effect until April 7. The whole world just raised a frosted mug and cheered in unison. But before you tell your significant other that you were just celebrating a National holiday you might want to have some information to back you up. Your brew may actually be good for you.
Beer contains yeast and yeast is high in B vitamins. Unfiltered beer is especially high in B3, B6 and folic acid (B9). B3 aids in cell repair and B6 eases PMS. Folic acid aids in colon cancer prevention. Beware though,because consuming too much alcohol actually interferes with the ability to absorb many B vitamins by the body. Vitamin B deficiency has been linked to alcoholism.
Not feeling regular, and you know what I am talking about. Beer is high in fiber ,which is a natural laxative. It also slows the rate that food leaves your stomach so it can suppress your appetite.
A 2007 study from the University of Alcala in Spain showed that 2 of your favorite frosty brews a day could help prevent Alzheimer’s disease. Beer is high in silicon. High intakes of silicon limits the absorption of aluminum by the brain and can help prevent the onset of Alzheimer’s.
Beer drinking has also been associated with a lower risk of developing gallstones. Gallstones are made up of cholesterol and bile and moderate beer consumption has been linked to less concentration of these and thus reducing the risk of gallstones.
Wine usually gets all the media attention and credit for the ability to lower the risk of cardiovascular disease and heart attacks, but Italian researchers found that moderate beer drinkers had a 42% lower risk of heart disease as compared to those who were non-drinkers. Again, the key is moderation. The study showed the benefit of those who consumed only a pint a day.
Dutch researchers found that men who were moderate beer drinkers over 4 years were significantly less likely to be diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. The alcohol content in beer increases insulin sensitivity, which helps prevent diabetes. Heavy drinkers showed no benefit in their risk of developing this form of diabetes.
A Tufts University Study showed that men who drank only 2 beers a day showed increased bone density. More than 2 beers a day, probably has led to more broken bones then increased bone strength. Moderation again is the key to getting health benefits from your brewski.
Having a beer can improve confidence and social skills. We’ve all heard the term liquid courage and this is where the term comes from. Studies show that having a beer or two can give a person increased confidence and improve their social skills, especially before a social situation that may cause anxiety. It doesn’t take a study to know that more than 2 beers and the social benefits decrease dramatically. Nothing good ever comes from wearing your beer goggles for too long.
Remember the key is moderation. Having a brew on National Beer Day can have some health benefits, but having too many brews can have a disastrous effect on your health. Enjoy your ales, lagers, and IPAS in moderation for a happy and healthy National Beer Day!