Beer, Good for the Bones?

Tue, Feb 9, 2010


Beer, Good for the Bones?

We’ve all heard that there are benefits to drinking wine (red wine in particular). But what about beer? Beer obviously doesn’t get as much credit for having a health benefit, but beer drinkers should be happy to hear the good news.

A study that was conducted by Charles Bamforth, a food scientist, on the silicon content of beer, has concluded that beer’s silicon content ranges from 6.4mg per liter to 56.5mg per liter with an average of about 30mg. Light lagers and non-alcoholic beers however contain the lowest amount of silicon and India pale ales came in with the highest amount.

While there is apparently no recommendation for a daily silicon intake, silicon is thought to aid bone health! Other studies have suggested that beer could be connected to strong bones, or possibly limiting kidney stones and gallstones. Of course this doesn’t mean one should drink too much, as moderation is the key to anything being a benefit and not moving on to becoming a problem!

So next time you are having a brew, think about the potential benefit, but don’t make that your only reason to drink it, make your decision based on the taste and how well you like it!

Source: CBSnews.
Photo by  k.ivoutin.

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2 Responses to “Beer, Good for the Bones?”

  1. Sarah Says:

    this is something I didn’t know, very interesting. I will tell all my beer drinking friends

  2. Rochelle Says:

    That’s one of the first things I did when I found out :)

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