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Beer Is Good For Your Bones

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Posted By: The Booze at 10:08 am

9 Feb 2010

Yahoo - 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.

Talk about great news, boys. What better way to improve your bone structure than to kill brain cells? I don’t drink a whole lot of milk, all I drink is soda and beer. I thought for sure I’d be screwed in terms of bone density. It’s great to hear that my consumption of booze is compensating.  Now, men around the world can blame their beer guts on being big-boned.

- Thanks to the Jiggler for the tip.

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