Great News: Beer Drinking Can Improve Health!

The benefits of drinking beer:

KOGO'S health expert, Dr. Stephen Leibham, the managing physician with U-S Healthworks in San Diego, says studies show positive health benefits to drinking beer.

One study shows drinking one or two beers lower your blood pressure, improves your immune system to fight infection and can help fight type two diabetes. It also lowers the risk of having kidney stones.

Surprisingly, people who drank a couple of beers were more creative than those who didn't.

But the key, is drinking in moderation, meaning no more than one to two beers a day.


Studies highlights:

*High blood pressure can be responsible for a range of health problems, but beer can lower your risk for hypertension, research suggests. In one study, Harvard researchers found that moderate beer drinkers are less likely to develop high blood pressure than those who sip wine or cocktails.

*Beer as infection fighter: Having one or two drinks a day might boost your immune system and fight infections, according to an Oregon Health & Science University study. Scientists vaccinated monkeys against smallpox, then gave some of the primates access to alcohol while others could drink sugar water. The monkeys who drank moderately had better vaccine responses than those who consumed the sweet stuff.

*Fighting off Type 2 diabetes: Dutch researchers analyzed 38,000 male health professionals and found that when men who weren’t big boozers and began drinking moderately over 4 years, were significantly less likely to be diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes. Increased alcohol consumption over time didn’t lower the risk in men who already had a couple drinks a day, so moderation is the key word here.

*No worries regarding Kidney stones: Cheers to never having to pass a kidney stone again - or if you’re lucky, ever. Researchers in Finland found that each bottle of beer a man drinks daily lowers his risk of developing kidney stones by 40 percent.

*Prying open the creative mind: Having a beer or two won’t make you smarter, but it could boost your creativity, according to a study in the journal Consciousness and Cognition. When 40 men watched a movie while completing verbal puzzles, beer-buzzed guys with a blood alcohol content of .075 solved the problems a few seconds faster than their sober counterparts.

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