The Doctors: Beer Health Benefits
With St. Patrick’s Day coming up, everything Irish and green is in fashion. That even includes Green Beer, and beer can have many health benefits.
Dr. Travis Stork said the American Heart Association found that beer is good for blood vessels, because it contains Polyphenols, helping to lower the risk of Stroke or Heart Disease. That means beer has health benefits in moderation.
The Drs TV: Beer Benefits For Women
Dr. Lisa Masterson said ladies can also use beer to stave off Osteoporosis by promoting bone density and acting as a source of natural silicone.
Beer Prevents Kidney Stones
Dr. Jim Sears said beer can even lower middle aged men’s Kidney Stone risk by about 40%.
The Doctors: Beer Health Benefits For Elderly
Finally, Dr. Andrew Ordon shared a Harvard study that linked beer to improved cognitive function in older adults.
The Doctors: Beer In Moderation
The Doctors all stressed that drinking in moderation is the key, because overindulging can cause more health problems than the benefits you may be trying to get out of the alcohol consumption.
It’s also important to be aware of portion size when it comes to alcohol. They recommend that women limit their alcohol intake to one glass a day, while men should stop at two glasses in a day.
Dr. Travis explained that a glass is 12 ounces, so if you are ordering a super size beer or margarita, you are getting multiple servings of alcohol.
The Doctors: Green Beer Recipe
The Doctors don’t recommend food dyes because they can have unintended negative side effects. That’s why they stay away from food coloring and don’t recommend it for your St. Patrick’s Day brews.
Instead, they said you can tint your beer with a dietary supplement called Spirulina.
- 12 oz. Pale Beer
- 1/4 tsp. Spirulina
- Pour the beer into a glass.
- Add Spirulina and stir until dissolved.
- This will change the color from amber to green, perfect for St. Patrick’s Day.
- Remember to consume beer in moderation, even on holidays.
Spirulina is available in grocery stores’ health aisles as well as specialty health food stores.