Beer boosts your bones, cheers!

Beer boost for bones

In a revelation likely to make the health lobby choke on their All-Bran and wheat grass shakes, US scientists have discovered that drinking beer can actually be rather good for you!

According to the Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture, a study at the University of California, Davis (UCD), more usual known for their work on wine, has revealed that drinking certain beers is good for your bones. And may be helpful against diseases like osteoporosis. 

The key is silicon, not the bit in your computer but dietary silicon. Apparently beer is a major contributor to Western society’s silicon intake!

Malted barley and hops are high in silicon and much is extracted during brewing. Pale malts are best as they are less heat affected than the production of darker malts. If you drink beer made with cheaper ingredients such as wheat, maize or even rice(!), then you miss out.
Low alcohol “lite” beer and alcohol free beer had the lowest silicon levels on the tests.

To get your recommended level of silicon intake, and for the good of your bones, drink a pint of traditional ale a day, especially if you’re a woman.

For a bit more on the science visit sciencedaily.com

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