Surprising Health Benefits of Taking Beer

Beer does not always get the praise it deserves. Even those who enjoy it are not always aware of the amazing underlying health benefits of consuming it. Most consumers are not aware of other benefits of consuming beer moderately, that go beyond simply having a good time. Like all alcoholic beverages and indeed all foods, excessive consumption has negative side effects. On the other hand when consumed in moderation and responsibly, one can derive amazing health benefits from it. Some health benefits discussed below include its anti-cancer properties, its heart disease prevention properties, the fact that it promotes good digestion and prevents gallstones. Keep reading for more information on the health benefits of drinking beer.

Anti-Cancer Properties

A study published in the National Institutes of Health and the European Journal of Cancer found that the constituents used in the production of beer may potentially be cancer chemopreventive agents. Clarissa Gerhäuser, the author of the report says that there is evidence that suggests that the prenylflavonoids and humulone found in the hops used to brew beer actually have cancer-preventive qualities. Similarly, previous studies published by the National Institutes of Health found that xanthohumol found in hops inhibits the production, growth, and progression of carcinogens. Moreover, a Japanese study conducted using a rat model found that beer has chemopreventive properties on colon cancer.

Prevents Cardio- Vascular Diseases

Because beer promotes good cholesterol levels and is rich in vitamin B6 it may prevent Cardio-Vascular Diseases. A study conducted by the School of Public Health at Harvard University found that moderate consumption of beer raises the levels of a protein known as the high-density lipoprotein. In colloquial terms, the high-density lipoprotein also known as HDL is referred to as ‘good cholesterol’. Higher levels of HDL are generally associated with more protection against heart disease. Other factors that make beer a defense against heart disease are the fact that it provides better sensitivity to insulin and improves the elements that help in blood clotting. These, in turn, prevent blocked arteries, which is the most common cause of many heart attacks. Furthermore, beer is rich in vitamin B6, which assists in preventing cardiovascular diseases by stopping the buildup of homocysteine.

Source of Fiber

Beer is a great source of your daily fiber requirement. While the percentage of recommended fiber dosage varies depending on the brew, in general, a quart of beer offers 20% of recommended daily fiber intake. Other specialty high-quality brews can offer up to 60 percent of the recommended daily fiber intake. Fiber is essential for proper digestion, meaning that moderate and responsible consumption of beer does indeed have health benefits!

Prevents Gallstones

A study conducted by Dr. Andrew Hart from the University of East Anglia found that taking two units of beer a day reduces the risk of developing gallstones by a third. The study which involved 25,639 people and was conducted over a 10-year period showed that for every unit of alcohol consumed per week, the risk of developing gallstones was reduced by 3 percent.

Beer is Nutritious and Rich in Antioxidants

A glass of beer contains more protein and vitamin B than a glass of wine. Moreover, while anti-oxidants are generally attributed to wine, beer also contains them in abundance. Antioxidants have been linked to lower risks of heart disease, some infections, and even cancer. Vitamin B6, which is in abundance in beer has been linked to many health benefits including, improved mood and reduction of symptoms of depression, brain health, lower risk of dementia and the prevention and treatment of Anemia.

Improves Cognitive Function

A paper published by the University of Edinburgh’s Psychiatry Department showed that moderate consumption of alcohol may help decrease cognitive decline in older people. Metabolites known as Flavonoids found in plants are linked to increased cognitive function. Moreover, beer can protect against Alzheimer’s syndrome. Studies show that those who consume beer moderately have a 23% less chance of developing Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia.

Conclusion

Beyond the feel-good effect that many people take beer for, the beverage has many more surprising health benefits. When taken in moderation, beer consumption can be a great addition to a healthy lifestyle.

Amazing Benefits of Drinking Alcohol

In many cases when alcohol is mentioned, it is mentioned alongside words like abstinence, liver cirrhosis, and other health complications. What most people forget to disclose is that when taken in moderate quantities, it can have amazing benefits to one’s health and wellbeing. Anything in excess is dangerous. Even fruits which are quintessentially associated with great health can have negative health effects if they are consumed in excess. The same goes for alcohol. When consumed moderately it has amazing benefits such as reduced risk of heart disease, great mental health, prevention against the common cold, warding off dementia and improving sexual function and libido. Take a look below, for more information

Reduced Risk of Heart Disease

When taken in moderation, it has been proved that alcohol may help reduce one’s risk of contracting cardiovascular illnesses. A study conducted by the School of Public Health at Harvard University found that moderate consumption of alcohol raises the levels of a protein known as the high-density lipoprotein. In colloquial terms, the high-density lipoprotein also known as HDL is referred to as ‘good cholesterol’. Higher levels of HDL are generally associated with more protection against heart disease. Other factors that make alcohol a defense against heart disease are the fact that it provides better sensitivity to insulin and improves the elements that help in blood clotting. These, in turn, prevent blocked arteries, which is the most common cause of many heart attacks.

Great Mental Health

A report done by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) showed that moderate consumption of alcohol could lead to an increase in overall happiness, euphoria, pleasant and carefree feelings in consumers. A paper published by the University of Edinburgh’s Psychiatry Department showed that moderate consumption of alcohol may help decrease cognitive decline in older people. Because alcohol is also known to lift moods and alleviate feelings of depression and anxiety, moderate consumption may actually maintain great mental health.

Can Help You Stay Cold Free

A study conducted in Southern California revealed that surprisingly, moderate consumption of alcohol may be part of the solution to fighting colds. Ilhem Messaoudi an associate professor at the University of California (Riverside) led a team that conducted research on monkeys. They injected all of them with a cold vaccine and divided them into three categories. One category was allowed to consume alcohol at will, the other was allowed to consume moderately while the third was forced to abstain. Surprisingly, the test-group that consumed alcohol moderately responded better to the cold vaccine. A study done in 1993 by the Department of Psychology at Mellon University showed similar findings. It found that moderate alcohol consumption leads to less susceptibility to colds. Moreover, a finding published in the New York Times stated that taking 8-14 glasses of red wine per week may lead to a 60 percent reduction in the risk of developing a cold.

Reduce Chances of Developing Dementia

A study published in the Neuropsychiatric Disease and Treatment journal showed that those who consume alcohol moderately are 23% less likely to develop dementia. Edward J. Neafsey, P.H.D, one of the co-authors of the study says that, lesser quantities of alcohol creates tension in cells making them resistant to damage down the road that may lead to dementia.

Can Improve Sexual Function and Libido

Research done at the University of Western Australia found that moderate consumption of alcohol may decrease erectile dysfunction in men. In the study, it was found that moderate consumption led to a 25-30% decrease! Similarly, a study published in the Journal of Sexual Medicine found that moderate consumption of alcohol heightens sexual desire in women. Anti-oxidants found in alcohol cause nitric oxide production in the blood, which relaxes artery walls allowing blood to flow to reproductive organs.

Conclusion

When taken responsibly and in moderate amounts, alcohol has many amazing and surprising benefits. The list above is not conclusive as there are many more amazing benefits of consuming alcohol in moderation. Turns out that a bottle or two of beer with a meal may prove to be a great addition to a healthy lifestyle!

Pumpkin Season!!

Pumpkin Beer Event

It’s time for Pumpkin Beer!!  In two weeks on September, 14th we will be brewing up a pumpkin beer.  We need everyone’s help in getting the pumpkin for this event and we will have perks for those volunteers.  We will be having food, and live music as well, via Mama’s Caboose and Who Shot John.   More details to come, but mark your calendars and look for updates!!

THREE BROTHERS BREWING RUNNING ON CLEAN ENERGY

Three Brothers Brewing Running on Clean Energy Harrisonburg, Virginia – Brothers Craft Brewing, in time to celebrate Earth Day on April 22, is excited to announce that it is running on 100% wind powered clean energy through a partnership with Arcadia Power, a national clean energy provider.

Since its inception, Three Brothers Brewing has strived to run our business in a way that speaks to the spirit of the area where we grew up and made our roots: The Shenandoah Valley. Our mission is to give back to the community that inspires us on a daily basis through sourcing local ingredients, supporting local charities, musicians and artists and putting on family-friendly events that celebrate Harrisonburg and the surrounding area.

With the upcoming Earth Day and the increasing necessity to scale back our carbon footprint in mind, we teamed up with Arcadia Power to meet the Environmental Protection Agency’s Green Power Partnership requirements. In doing so, we are honored and excited to join a growing list of national brands, such as Whole Foods and Google, that are actively taking a stand against carbon emissions by relying on wind powered energy to run their businesses.

By making the switch to wind powered energy, Three Brothers Brewing is proud to reduce its environmental impact not just for the world at large, but for the community we hold so close to our heart. We hope you’ll celebrate with us on Earth Day and enjoy one of our beers with us, now brewed with 100% renewable energy.

Arcadia Power is the first nationwide Clean Energy option. By partnering with wind and solar projects, Arcadia Power provides homes and businesses with 100% pollution-free energy via local utilities. Members support their values through their monthly energy bills, decreasing demand for fossil fuels and helping to grow American green jobs and power. Arcadia Power partners with sustainability-minded companies and organizations to combat climate change and secure a better future for our planet. For more information, visit www.arcadiapower.com.

Tasting room is open!

We’ve been working hard to finish up the tasting room. While everything isn’t completely finalized we are open for business. Hours are Thursday – Saturday 4PM -9PM. Come out to fill your growler or just enjoy a pint. We will be offering flights as soon as our tasting glassware arrives. The entrance to the taproom is on the north side of the building and we are located at 800 N. Main St. Harrisonburg, VA. Parking is in the rear of the building. See you soon!

5 Things We’re Buzzing About This Week

Every Monday we bring you the SL Hot List, a round up of the five latest and greatest things to hit the South. Consider it your weekly update on our region’s most buzzworthy food, culture, and style news.

1. Gourmet donuts in D.C. Diners can soon get their sweet and savory cravings in one spot: Astro Doughnuts & Fried Chicken, a take-out joint slated to open this week. Former Fiola pastry chef Jason Gehring is upping the ante on the spherical sweet with rotating flavors like pistachio, creamsicle, and gingerbread (above) made from quality ingredients such as Benton’s bacon and fruit from local farmers. Thankfully the crispy fried chicken and donuts like Brooklyn blackout and PB&J are available every day.

2. Two dinners in Atlanta. Tonight, Top Chef All-Stars winner and chef Richard Blais serves up bites from his recent creative cookbook Try This at Home at his Midtown restaurant, The Spence. (If his offerings are anything like the dinner we had there in January, you’re in for some innovative and delicious eats.) On Tuesday, Seven Lamps in Buckhead pairs its seasonally inspired fare with whiskey from Heaven Hill Distilleries for a five-course meal. One hearty course features a half-ounce pour of Evan Williams Bottled in Bond bourbon with wood-grilled beef tri-tip with English peas and smoked pancetta.

3. Southern photography exhibit and book. Photographer Paul Kwilecki spent four decades (1960-2001) capturing people at work, at church, and even at the high school prom in Decatur County, Georgia, and his photos show a richly preserved South straight out of a time capsule. Check out the exhibit at Center for Documentary Studies in Durham now through July, and pick up the book featuring even more shots in April.

4. A week of Blake Shelton. Around here, we’re always on Team Blake, so we’re happy that he is everywhere this week. First Blake gets back to coaching on a new season of The Voice on TV tonight. The country crooner drops a new album, Based on a True Story, featuring a song with Pistol Annies, out Tuesday. Finally, watch Blake perform a new song or two from on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon on Thursday.

5. New brewery in Virginia. Housed in a renovated soda bottling plant, the recently opened Three Brothers Brewing Com in Harrisonburg, Virginia, is out to be as eco-friendly as possible. The guys’ leftover grain fuels the cattle of area farmers, the extra yeast feeds the fish at a local trout farm, and customers are welcome to take the coffee grounds remaining from making their Coffee Breath beer. Of course, Adam, Jason, and Tyler Shifflett are just as dedicated to brewing quality beer including The Great Outdoors (a Virginia pale ale) and Hoptimization IPA.