Craft Beer and Wellness


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Craft Beer and Wellness


Physical, Mental, & Spiritual Wellbeing

Did you know well-made craft beer is one of life's healthier indulgences due to its four all-natural ingredients: water, malt, hops, and yeast? 

Countless studies have proven that enjoying this malty beverage in moderation can replenish the body with much-needed vitamins, improve brain and heart health,  speed up the body's recovery, lower blood pressure, relieve stress, and much more. We take it a step further with our unfiltered brewing process. This allows for the maximum retention of vitamins, minerals, and of course flavor. 

At Barrelhouse Brewing Co., we are committed to living a balanced life of hard work, good times, and healthy living.

Benefits of Craft Beer


Benefits of Craft Beer


According to Consumer Health Digest, beer has numerous health benefits:

  • Prevents Type 2 diabetes – Moderate consumption of beer is associated with the lower risks of getting diabetes. About 15 different scientific researches have confirmed that beer reduces the risk of suffering from Type 2 diabetes. It is because beer increases insulin sensitivity.
  • Protects against gallstones – Beer can also be good for decreased risk of symptomatic gallstone disease. Additionally, increase in beer consumption is associated with the decreased risk.
  • Good vitamin source – Beer is a good source of vitamins. It is suggested that beer contains:
    • Niacin or Vitamin B3 is essential for a good health. Deficiency of niacin is indicated by the rash, diarrhea, and neurological deficits.
    • Riboflavin – Is also known as Vitamin B2. Deficiency of this vitamin includes symptoms like sore throat, lesions of the lips, conjunctivitis, and some skin conditions.
    • Pantothenic acid – Or Vitamin B5. Low level of Vitamin B5 in an organism can lead to headache, insomnia, fatigue, intestinal disturbances, tingling and numbness of hands and feet.
    • Folate – Or folic acid is Vitamin B9. Deficiency of this vitamin can be displayed through fatigue, lethargy, tender tongue, pale skin, irritability, and diarrhea.
    • Other B vitamins – Beer is rich in B vitamins and according to some studies, people who drink beer have 30% more B vitamin in their body than non-beer drinkers.
  • Improves brain health – Scientists proved that, xanthohumol, a flavonoid that is found in beer can improve cognitive function.
  • Improves heart health – People who drink beer have 42% lower risk of getting cardiovascular disease, comparing to people who don’t drink beer. Moderate consumption of beer can lower the chances of getting heart attack.
  • Boosts creativity and problem-solving skills – Scientists conducted a study where men who drank beer and men who didn’t had to solve a verbal puzzle while watching the movie at the same time. The result of the study showed that men who drank beer solved problems before men who didn’t drink beer. This leads to a conclusion that beer has a positive effect on our problem-solving abilities.
  • Improves kidney function – Moderate consumption of beer lowers chances of developing kidney stones by 40%. Researchers weren’t able to find the connection between the beer and kidney function but it is assumed it is due to the fact that consumption of beer leads to frequent urination. Another theory includes hops which slow down the release of calcium from our bones (calcium is reabsorbed by kidneys and forms stones). However, regardless of the reason, beer is beneficial for the proper function of our kidneys.
  • Speeds up recovery process – This is especially beneficial for people who exercise regularly. Scientists conducted a study where participants had to exercise until they reach 104 degrees body temperature. Participants had to re-hydrate with beer or water and the results showed that people who drank beer recovered faster and had better hydration than people who drank water.
  • Improves metabolism – Beer can boost metabolism and prevent your body from absorbing fat.
  • Prevents formation of cataracts – Consumption of beer improves antioxidant activity that prevents cataracts from forming and spreading in your eyes. Antioxidant activity protects mitochondria cells in the eyes. Damaged mitochondria cells can lead to the incidence of cataracts.
  • Lowers blood pressure – People who drink beer are less likely to develop high blood pressure. High blood pressure can lead to numerous problems and affect heart and coronary arteries, and potentially leads to stroke.
  • Strengthens Bones – people who drink beer have 4.5% better bone density than people who don’t drink beer. Beers contain dietary silicon which is important for development and growth of bone and connective tissue. Drinking beer can even help fight osteoporosis.
  • Improves digestion – Beer is a great source of fiber (especially dark beer). In this department, beer is even better choice than wine which doesn’t contain fiber. Fiber deficiency can cause intestinal and gastric disorders.
  • Lowers bad cholesterol – Fiber in beer is not only good for proper digestion, it is also good for lowering LDL (low-density lipoprotein) which is usually referred to as “bad cholesterol”. Meanwhile, HDL cholesterol (High-Density Lipoprotein) or “good cholesterol” is improving.
  • Promotes sleep – Beer’s components nicotinic acid and riboflavin promote sleep and fight insomnia.
  • Prevents blood clots – Moderate intake of beer can be a good “blood thinner” for elderly people and patients who suffer from deep vein thrombosis. Deep vein thrombosis is caused by blood clots in veins and the condition can often be life-threatening.
  • Relieves stress – Beer has a relaxing purpose, reduces stress and prevents anxiety, and decreases self-consciousness.
  • Cure for cold – Hops contains humulone compound which helps our body fight the virus that causes cold. Barley increases blood circulation and helps you breathe when you have nasal congestion.

 

References:

  • Consumer Health Digest (2017). "26 Amazing Health Benefits of Beer". 
  • Bamforth CW. (2002). “Nutritional aspects of beer – a review”. Nutrition Research.
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