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Surprising health benefits of drinking beer

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A beer could keep the doctor away, which is not something you hear very often. In fact, you’d be surprised to know that drinking beer has quite a number of health benefits.

Increases your vitamin B levels

Beer is full of vitamin B, thanks to the yeast used during the brewing process. Unfiltered beer contains especially high amounts of B3, B6 and folic acid, which aids cell repair and boosts metabolism

Lowers risk of type-2 diabetes

Several studies have indicated that beers drinkers are less likely to develop type-2 diabetes in comparison to those who abstain from the drink. Beer reportedly increases insulin sensitivity, which helps in the prevention of diabetes. Additionally, it is also a good source of soluble fibre.

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Lowers risk of neurodegenerative and cardiovascular diseases

Moderate beer consumption can reportedly reduce one’s risk of developing cardiovascular diseases or hypertension, doing so by improving the levels of good cholesterol. According to research carried out by scientists in Pennsylvania, the best forms of beer to provide such benefits are dark ales and stouts.

Additionally, Humulus lupulus, a plant that’s commonly used in the brewing of beer, produces a compound called Xanthohumol, which has antioxidant properties. Researchers have shown that Xanthohumol offers a neuro-protective function that shields cells in the body from oxidative stress and damage.  

As you look to reap some of the benefits listed above, do keep in mind that moderation is key, as overindulgence in beer could lead to a host of health problems instead.

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