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  • 2/08/10 - New study: Beer is good for your bones

    Beer may be good for your bones
    A cold brew has high levels of dietary silicon, analysis shows

    While researchers don't recommend gulping beer to meet your silicon intake needs, a new study shows the potential health benefits of a cold brew.

    If you downed one too many while watching the Super Bowl, here's at least one reason to hold your head high: Drinking beer can be good for your health.

    But seriously, a new analysis of 100 commercial beers shows the hoppy beverage is a significant source of dietary silicon, a key ingredient for bone health.

    Though past research has suggested beer is chockfull of silicon, little was known about how silicon levels varied with the type of beer and malting process used. So a pair of researchers took one for the team and ran chemical analyses on beer's raw ingredients. They also picked up 100 commercial beers from the grocery store and measured the silicon content.

    The silicon content of the beers ranged from 6.4 mg/L to 56.5 mg/L, with an average of 30 mg/L. Two beers are the equivalent of just under a half liter, so a person could get 30 mg of the nutrient from two beers. And while there is no official recommendation for daily silicon uptake, the researchers say, in the United States, individuals consume between 20 and 50 mg of silicon each day.

    However, other studies show that consuming more than one or two alcoholic beverages a day may be, overall, bad for health.

    The take-home message for the casual drinker: "Choose the beer you enjoy. Drink it in moderation," lead researcher Charles Bamforth of the University of California, Davis, told LiveScience. "It is contributing silicon (and more) to your good health."

    Bamforth and his colleague Troy Casey, both of the university's Department of Food Science and Technology, detail their findings in the February issue of the Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture.

    The silicon levels of beer types, on average:

    * Indian Pale Ale (IPA): 41.2 mg/L
    * Ales: 32.8 mg/L
    * Pale Ale: 36.5 mg/L
    * Sorghum: 27.3 mg/L
    * Lagers: 23.7 mg/L
    * Wheat: 18.9 mg/L
    * Light lagers: 17.2 mg/L
    * Non Alcoholic: 16.3 mg/L

    Their research showed the malting process didn't affect barley's silicon content, which is mostly in the grain's husk. However, pale-colored malts had more silicon than the darker products, such as the chocolate, roasted barley and black malt, which all have substantial roasting. The scientists aren't sure why these darker malts have less silicon than other malts.

    Hops were the stars of the beer ingredients, showing as much as four times more silicon than was found in malt. The downside: Hops make up a much smaller portion of beer compared with grain. Some beers, such as IPAs are hoppier, while wheat beers tend to have fewer hops than other brews, the researchers say.

    "Beers containing high levels of malted barley and hops are richest in silicon," Bamforth said. "Wheat contains less silicon than barley because it is the husk of the barley that is rich in this element. While most of the silicon remains in the husk during brewing, significant quantities of silicon nonetheless are extracted into wort and much of this survives into beer."

    (Wort is the sweet liquid that comes from mashing the grains and eventually becomes beer.)

    Got beer?
    While the researchers are not recommending gulping beer to meet your silicon intake needs, their study does add to others on the potential health benefits of this cold beverage.

    The type of silicon in beer, called orthosilicic acid, has a 50 percent bioavailability, meaning that much is available for use in the body. Some foods, like bananas are rich in silicon but only 5 percent is bioavailable. This soluble form of silica found in beer could be important for the growth and development of bone and connective tissue, according to the National Institutes of Health.

    Past research has suggested that moderate beer consumption may help fight osteoporosis, a disease characterized by low bone mass and deterioration of bone tissue.

    Another past study involving nearly 1,700 women reported last year in the journal Nutrition showed participants who were light to moderate beer drinkers had much better bone density than non-drinkers. The researchers suggested the beer's plant hormones, not the alcohol, could be responsible for the bone boost.

    http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/35296759...ion/?gT1=43001

  • #2
    probley why ive never broken a bone in my life
    No regrets, nicca no regards
    I know the bar, raise mine, yall can lower yalls
    What I lack in talent, I normally show in heart
    Prolly why they want the encore before the show can start

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    • #3
      Damn straight beer is good for you

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      • #4
        Beer...It's what's for dinner...

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        • #5
          how much a forty got?


          Manchester United 34-12-4
          Real Salt Lake 7-1-1
          SF 49ers 0-0

          so stoned but leave no stone unturned

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          • #6
            Like I need another reason to drink beers
            NEW YORK YANKEES

            Originally posted by Swizz
            sigged

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Sam View Post
              how much a forty got?
              . yes, i love the cobras.
              I think it should be done to you
              Kill furriers, rip off their heads
              Grate their skin, eat their flesh
              Break into a scientists lab
              Vivisect the fucker, stab em to death

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              • #8
                Beer...beverage of peasants.

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                • #9
                  good for your bones, bad for your muscles. either way im gonna drink it
                  04
                  best class of rb...end of discussion
                  Tanner, Otto, Slyk, Dirty F, Magnum, Italian Em, Noid 4 Vet
                  XBL: Passed0utAwake
                  ^thats a zero not an O

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by iSquidgey View Post
                    Beer...beverage of peasants.


                    would love to hear what pinky up cocktail you drink


                    Manchester United 34-12-4
                    Real Salt Lake 7-1-1
                    SF 49ers 0-0

                    so stoned but leave no stone unturned

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                    • #11
                      I drink water. I don't drink alcohol because I'm xXxSTRAIGHTEDGExXx

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                      • #12
                        Squidge is scared
                        I get so high you might see me laugh at something I seen on the turned off TV. I sprinkled kief into a Fonto leaf when I wake I chief before I brush my teeth, for real.

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                        • #13
                          Of?

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                          • #14
                            Beer..makes chicks tits bigger and good for your bones?
                            > Invasion Productions <

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Boothio View Post
                              Like I need another reason to drink beers

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