Can Beer Be Good For You?

If you're planning on having a pint to beat the heat, you'll be happy to hear that new research shows beer can be good for you

Can beer be good for you?

When it comes to alcohol, moderation is always key.

For some of us, there’s no better way to relax in the weekend and battle the heat than with a nice cold glass of beer. So, you’ll probably be pleased to hear that beer could be good for you.

A new study from Iceland has found that moderate beer consumption may fend of Alzheimer’s disease. Researchers looked at autopsy data from men who were 35 to 70 years old at the time of death. Consumption of alcohol, Aβ aggregation in the brain, and apolipoprotein E (APOE) genotype were assessed. Surviving relatives then answered a questionnaire about their drinking habits.

The results showed that beer consumption could protect against Aβ aggregation in the brain, one of the early signs of Alzheimer’s disease. The amount of alcohol consumed was not linked with Aβ aggregation, and neither was spirit or wine consumption.

The researchers have called for more research to investigate the other factors that could be involved, but the study does add weight to the idea that beer could actually be good for you.