What Are The Health Benefits Of Non Alcoholic Beer? Drink to health


Humans have been drinking beer for thousands of years. The history of brewing beer as part of human activity dates back to ancient Egypt and Mesopotamia.

For the most part we drink for recreation and for the effects of the alcohol but beer has been thought of as medicinal for millennia.

Non alcoholic beer can have many health benefits. It is a good source of vitamins and minerals, contains antioxidants which can protect from cardiovascular disease and has even been proven to aid sleep. There are many more benefits besides these.

With the advent of non alcoholic beers, are these even better for you when you strip out the negative aspect of the alcohol?

These are just a few of the health benefits you can enjoy.

Vitamins and minerals

Does Non Alcoholic Beer Taste The S...
Does Non Alcoholic Beer Taste The Same

Selenium

Some barley varieties contain selenium which is the focus of much research. This study provides a run down of Selenium biology and how it impacts on several body systems(immune, endocrine, cardiovascular and metabolic). It may also be used as a supplement in the acutely ill patient.

Silicon

Silicon is important for the growth and development of bone and connective tissue. Beer appears to be a major contributor to silicon intake so i can help boost your bone health.

B Vitamins

Significant levels of several B vitamins are supplied through the moderate consumption of beer. However alcohol can interfere with their absorption. Therefore non-alcoholic beer would be a wiser choice than high-alcoholic beverages

Super food hops

Hops is jam packed with flavonoids. These flavonoids, particularly one called xanthohumol (XN), has a huge array of health benefits. XN  has hypoglycemic, antihyperlipidemic, and antiobesity activities.

XN and others called Iso-α-acids (IAA) and matured hop bitter acids (MHBA) can help your health by…

  • influencing lipid metabolism – regulating your cholesterol.
  • Glucose tolerance – protecting from diabetes
  • Body weight – stop you depositing fats

It seems the humble hops may be a super food and particularly in the prevention of diet-induced obesity and diabetes.

Not only is hops good for obesity and diabetes, it also seems that a group of 56 phenolic compounds has antimicrobial activity against viruses, bacteria and fungus!

Prebiotics and Probiotics

Beer, as a fermented drink, has plenty of microbes at work. These same microbes can interact with our gut in a host of positive ways. Some of these may be…

  • Providing a source of probiotic microbes, which requires a viable dose of live organisms to be in the product when it is consumed. This would not be the case in pasteurized canned or bottled beers, nor in filtered products; filtration may significantly reduce microbial loads depending on the nature of the filtration process.
  • Providing prebiotic metabolites, through the secondary metabolism of compounds derived from the grain, hops or other ingredients. The effects of fermentation have been well described in the production of sourdough breads but less so in that of beer, although the fermentation processes are intrinsically similar, with the exception that these types of bread tend to involve both yeast and lactic acid bacteria; a practice that is only typical in beers such as the lambic and American wild ales.
  • The production of antimicrobial compounds, including ethanol, alongside a range of compounds, depending on the recipe and type of microbes involved in the fermentation process

Yeast probiotics

Some yeast strains used in brewing have inhibitory effects on a number of pathogens including C. difficile and V. cholera, alongside other bugs.

This has lead to some investigation into their potential benefit in antibiotic related diarrhoea and infective diarrhoea in children

Cardiovascular risk reduction

Beer and non alcoholic beer is rich in polyphenols. You may have heard of these as the heart health molecules in red wine. Well beer has them too! The darker beer the better.

Many different studies have looked at the heart health benefits of polyphenols in beer.

A big meta analysis (review of all the papers), ” highlighting an improvement of the vascular elasticity, detected by the increase of FMD (after acute intake), and of the lipid profile with a significant increase of HDL and apolipoprotein A1 serum levels”

This fancy stuff means your arteries and veins worked better, the good cholesterol was boosted and there was less coronary artery disease from cholesterol plaques.

So much like non alcoholic wine and its heart health benefits i have written about here, non alcoholic beer can help you too.

Calorie reduction

In general, non alcoholic beers are less fattening. They contain around 25-50% of the calories of regular beers but don’t have the metabolism slowing effects of alcohol which further exacerbates the calorie difference.

This means you have less free energy to convert to fat. However they usually contain both more sugar and carbohydrate.

My full article on calories and carbohydrate is available to read here

Better sleep

We know having a few alcoholic drinks can make your sleep poor and you wake up tired but does non alcoholic beer improve sleep?

This study, amongst others, confirms that the consumption of non-alcoholic beer at dinner time helps to improve the quality of sleep at night.

So drink non alcoholic beers for a better nights sleep!

Isotonic rehydration

Alcohol-free beer with isotonic properties is getting more popular and its production can be carried out by different production strategies.

An isotonic beer will have sugar levels similar to those naturally found in the human body. This basically means that an isotonic beer will more quickly hydrate your body and be used as fuel.

Erdinger Alkoholfrei are so keen to promote their beer as a healthy and sporty choice they have their own triathlon team!

I have a complete article called “What are isotonic non alcoholic beers. Do they rehydrate you?”

For a full article of 12 non alcoholic beer benefits then click here to read

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