Confused, much? Soon this might be our mainstream reality. Guzzling down a beer or two might help relieve that nagging osteoporosis of yours. According to many recent studies, if you consume beer in moderate proportions, then you can actually cure your joint pains and keep connecting tissue in good shape.
Here’s a quick rundown of the studies that reveal that beer helps in fighting joint pains.
According to the National Institutes of Health, dietary silicon in the soluble form of orthosilicic acid (OSA) may be important for the growth and development of bone and connective tissue and help reduce the risk of the bone-thinning disease osteoporosis. [Via]
However, there is no recommended silicon intake. Having said that, researchers of this study suggest that with a daily average intake of 20-25 milligrams of beer, one may provide wholesome goodness to their joints.
According to a study published in The Journal of Bone And Mineral Research, 'higher dietary silicon intake in men and younger women may have salutary effects on skeletal health.' [Via]
Many other studies in this area also support the fact that a glass full of beer may help in building better bones, all thanks to the high silicon content in it.
Feburary, 2010: Beer Is a Rich Source of Silicon and May Help Prevent Osteoporosis
Feburary, 2012: Drinking Beer Could Help Prevent Weak Bones
October, 2011: Study: Beer Can Help Women Protect Against Osteoporosis
Here are a few things you should be careful about before blindly believing these studies:
- Always make it a point to check the colour of the beer you are drinking. Always go for the ones that are pale in colour. The more golden or dark they are, the more you should avoid them.
- Don’t believe anyone when they talk about the health benefits of fruit beers. Not only do hardly have any silicon content, they are loaded with sugar.
- Do a basic google search and read about beer that strictly follows a barley malting process. Do not go for beers that are made from wheat, as they have low silicon content and cannot be the medicine for your bones.
- Moderation is the key here.
So, what are you waiting for? Here’s raising a toast to your good health!
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