In our last blog Have A “Hoppy” St. Paddy’s Day, we talked a bit about beer. This week we will get into a bit more detail about the specific ways that this amazing beverage can actually help both your oral and overall health. With centuries of satisfied drinkers as proof, beer has long been one of the most popular drinks in the world. Through the years, it has only gained more popularity because of its complex flavor and nutritional content. However, researchers now believe that beer is actually good for you. Here are some additional facts about this amazing libation and how it can actually help you.
The Definition Of Beer
Beer is usually made from malted cereal grain, flavored with hops. The flavor comes when the brew builds during a slow fermentation process. Today most beers are defined by the different strains of yeast and other ingredients used in the brewing process.
According to experts, beer is traditionally made from three main ingredients, water, barley and hops. In the 1800’s, yeast was also added to assist with the speed and quality of the fermentation process. For the most part, beer is still made from those four simple ingredients. But now, many brewers also include other grains, sugars, fruits, vegetables, and exotic spices.
Today’s beer is made in many flavors and by thousands of companies and specialty brewers. Beers is generally categorized as either dark or light. Darker beers include stouts and porters. Such rich brews have a rich coffee flavor with traces of peanut butter or vanilla. These beers typically have a higher alcohol content but are not so good for your oral health. Lighter beers like pilsner’s or IPA’s have a lower alcohol content and a higher amount of hops which are beneficial for your oral health.
How Can Hops Prevent Plaque?
When bacteria multiply in the mouth they can increase your chances of inflammation and infection. But beer can actually help fight these bacteria and decrease plaque levels. That means that despite what you may think, beer isn’t just a tasty beverage! It also contains antibacterial properties that have been proven to help reduce dental plaque. This can be particularly helpful for patients who are prone to gum disease. It is also a helpful tip for dental implant patients who need to ensure their teeth remain plaque free because of the danger of infection that could lead to implant failure or painful gum damage.
What Kinds Of Beer Are Healthy?
Lighter beers are considered better for your teeth because they contain important ingredients that are great for protecting tooth enamel. Additionally, when beer is consumed in moderation (one or two beers only), it can prevent osteoporosis and help the body heal from bone loss caused by gum disease. It can also help the body better attach dental implants into the jaw tissues. But do not go overboard. Drinking more than a couple of beers can have the opposite effect on drinkers, so beware!
Additional Health Benefits Of Beer
As if the knowledge that beer can actually be good for your teeth wasn’t good news enough, there are actually more benefits from drinking moderate amounts of beer.
- Brain: Researchers gave patients beer while solving verbal puzzles. The patients who watched movies while drinking beer solved the problems a few seconds faster than those who had consumed no beer.
- Eyes: Canadian researchers found that one daily beer increases antioxidant activity that can stop cataracts from forming in the eyes. However, more than three beers a day had the opposite effect, so limit your intake.
- Blood: Dutch researchers found that when men began drinking beer moderately (a beer or two a night) over 4 years, they were less likely to be diagnosed with type 2 diabetes.
- Kidneys: Researchers in Finland found that consuming a beer daily lowers his risk of developing kidney stones by 40 percent. Additionally, the researchers say the hops in beer may be able to slow the release of calcium from bone helping to reabsorbed the painful stones in kidneys.
- Blood Pressure: According to research, beer can lower your risk for hypertension. In fact, studies have found that moderate beer drinkers are less likely to develop high blood pressure than those who sip wine or cocktails.
- Heart: Italian researchers discovered that moderate beer consumption created a 42 percent lower risk of heart disease compared to non-drinkers. Just be sure to keep consumption to one or two pints a day for the maximum benefit.
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