Today, April 7th, 2014, is World Health Day. On this day, the World Health Organization urges the global community to take the proper steps to educate themselves on some of the more potentially impactful health risks in our world. This year, the chief message of World Health Day revolves around the threat of vector borne diseases (think malaria, dengue, Lyme disease, West Nile Virus, and many others that are spread through the bite of common pests like mosquitoes, ticks, and more).
Now, coincidentally, today is also National Beer Day. Of course, beer can’t do much for helping protect us from mosquito bites, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be a key contributor to a healthy lifestyle. In fact, quite the opposite is true. Beer is basically a medical marvel that (when consumed in moderation) does a body good in countless ways.
In honor of today being World Health Day and National Beer Day all at once, please enjoy this list of the top 8 ways beer has been proven to be a boon to health and happiness.
Meat cooked at high temperatures develops Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs). These PAHs are also found in car exhaust and cigarette smoke and have been proven to be carcinogenic to lab animals (though still inconclusive for humans). Marinating meat in pilsner helps cut the development of these PAHs so you can eat your meat with a worry-free mind.
2. Happy Hearts
A pint of beer per day can cut your risk of cardiovascular disease by up to 31%.
3. Vidal Sassoon Eat Your Heart Out
Beer makes a great deep conditioner that helps reverse sun damage to your hair.
More antioxidants than wine? Oh beer, we love you so much.
A single bottle of beer contains up to 12.5% of your recommended dosage of Vitamin B6, as well as trace amounts of other B vitamins.
Silicon, a crucial ingredient for developing strong bones, is found in beer.
A recent study found that moderate beer consumption helped lower the risk of developing kidney stones by up to 41%.
Hops contain polyphenols which help lower cholesterol and fight cancer. So go ahead and sip that IPA with a guilt-free conscience.