It is undeniable that craft beer has become increasingly popular over the last few years. While the hipsters are loving their craft beer choices, it turns out that doctors are loving them too. Here are some ways that drinking craft beer in moderation is actually good for your health.
Craft beer is a rich source of calcium and silicon, which are both great in strengthening your bones, teeth, and nails. According to a study conducted at Tufts University, older men and women who consumed one or two drinks a day had higher bone density than those who didn’t drink at all. Fill up your metal growlers with craft beer and start drinking!
Improved cognitive function
Research shows that beer consumption actually helps with cognitive function and memory disorders. A study at the Rush University Media center shows that moderate drinkers were 23% less likely to develop memory problems, Alzheimer’s disease, or all other types of dementia. Grab your insulated beer growlers and take a swig!
Moderately drinking beer can help with digestion. Researchers in a recent study reported that the bitter acids from the hops in beer play an important role in gastric acid secretion. Gastric acid is also known as stomach acid, and it’s a fluid that plays a key role in the digestion of proteins.
Drinking craft beer can also help you relieve stress. A Nursing Health study included more than 70,000 female participants ages 25 to 42 and found that the women who drank moderate amounts of beer had lower blood pressure than those who consumed other types of alcoholic beverages, including wine.
Reduced kidney stone risk
Last but not least, craft beer can help reduce your risk of developing kidney stones. A study in the Clinical Journal of American Society of Nephrology reveals that people who increase their beer consumption were at a 41% lower risk of developing kidney stones than those who don’t drink beer.
Small and independent craft brewers now represent a 12% market share of the total beer industry. Is craft beer becoming more popular because of its health benefits? It improves bone health, cognitive function, and digestion, and reduces stress and the risk of kidney stones. Whether you’re drinking craft beer for its taste or its benefits, lift up your metal growler and cheers.