Beer is not just a legendary favorite drink of runners as new study suggests that beer strengthens bones. Beer being good source of silicon helps in preventing osteoporosis in old age.
In the new study, researchers at the University of California studied 100 commercial beers and found their silicon content ranged from 6.4 milligrams per litre to 56.5 mg/l. Paler beers have more silicon than darker ones because less heat is used in the malting process.
The results showed the India Pale Ale category of beers tends to have more silicon because they are traditionally a stronger and "hoppier" beer containing more silicon-rich malt and hops
"Beer containing high levels of malted barley and hops are richest in silicon. It is the husk of the barley that is rich in this element. While most remains during brewing, significant quantities are none the less extracted into wort and survive into beer," says Dr. Charles Bamforth PhD, DSc., who led the study. His message? “Choose the beer you enjoy. Drink it in moderation." Read more in this LiveScience article.
So, do you still need an excuse to enjoy your beer?
A glass in the hand’s worth two on the shelf—
Tipple it down and refresh yourself!
– Anonymous quote