A Cold Beer For Your Health!

A votre sante!

A toast to the health of all fathers looking forward to a cold beer on a hot day this Sunday.

Beer can be beneficial to the heart, kidneys, and bones, says Ethan A. Bergman, PhD, RD, CD, FADA, American Dietetic Association President-Elect.

“A cold beer is the perfect way to relax at the end of the day, it tastes great, and in moderation, it can even be good for you,” he says.

Here’s how your favorite beer can enhance your health:

–Studies show one or two drinks a day can reduce your chances of heart disease by increasing levels of so-called “good” high-density lipoprotein cholesterol.

The barley in beer also contains a type of fiber that lowers cholesterol levels.

And beer is a good source of B vitamins, including B6 and B12, which lower levels of homocysteine, an amino acid that can damage arteries and encourage blood clots.

–Beer, compared to other alcoholic drinks, is more likely to lower your risk of kidney stones, probably due to its high water content.

The hops found in beer may also slow the release of calcium, and high calcium levels may lead to kidney stones.

–One or two beers a day can make your bones stronger.

The silicon in beer may be the key element that increases bone density.

So as you celebrate Father’s Day this weekend, consider you’re doing your body a favor.

One or two beers a day is a healthful way to celebrate.

Just don’t try get in a week’s worth of health all in one day.

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