A Beer A Day Keeps the Doctor Away
Grab a cold one to better your immune system and keep the doctor away. It's a WIN WIN!
Interested in improving the health of your heart and your immune system, assisting with workout recovery, lowering blood pressure, and improving your vision? If so, do yourself a favour - open the fridge and grab yourself a beer, because apparently a beer a day keeps the doctor away. And before you scoff at this bold byline, run your eyes over the research to support this curious claim. One piece of advice before you begin; for the sake of not appearing crazy or disturbing those near to you, please don’t cheer after each pint…err, point. Just smile on the inside and save one giant HOORAY for the end…
Lower levels of heart disease - Italian researchers found that moderate beer drinkers had a significantly lower risk of heart disease compared to non-drinkers. That said, keep your consumption to one beer a day of around 5 percent alcohol content.
Faster rehydration - According to a Spanish study, beer can aid in workout recovery. Comparing people who consumed beer or water post-workout, participants who had a post-workout pint were slightly more hydrated than those who drank the water.
Better vision - Canadian researchers – god love them - found that one daily beer, specifically a lager or stout, increases antioxidant activity that can stop cataracts from developing in the eyes.
Maintaining good blood pressure - Harvard researchers found that beer can lower your risk of hypertension. More precisely, it found that moderate beer drinkers are less likely to develop high BP than those who indulge in wine or cocktails.
Boosted immune system – The Oregon Health & Science University found that by having one or two drinks a day, your immune system might be boosted to fend off infections. Disclaimer: this study used drunken monkeys as the subjects (but you see more primal behaviour than that at most pubs on a Saturday night I figure).
So enjoy that beer a little more next time you crack a cold one, knowing you’re doing yourself a good deed by keeping the doctor at bay. You deserve it. But just one. Great job, researchers. Cheers to that!
By: Kerry Hale