OF SUBSTANCES IN BEER!
HOPS – Beer is the only beverage containing hops. Hops are mild sedatives, and contain bitters that stimulate appetite. At the end of the growing process.
CALORIFIC VALUE – With about 160 kcal per pint, it has lower calories than apple juice, milk and Cola drinks.
VITAMINS – Beer contains all important B-vitamins, also vitamins A, D and E. For instance, two pints or one liter of beer covers 35% of the daily requirement of vitamin B6, 20% of the requirement of B2 and 65% of the requirement of Niacin. The same amount of beer contains about 200 mg vitamins and vitaminoid compounds which originate mainly from malt.
Although wine may be the oldest remedy and prophylactic still in use, there was an entire generation of medical professionals, especially in America, that obtained their medical education during the historical period known as Prohibition. Medical texts for nearly twenty-five years were purged and censored of any mention of alcohol, including wine, for any application other than external. This medical generation became educators to the following one, perpetuating medical ignorance of the potential health benefits of wine.
Moderate consumption of red wine on a regular basis may be a preventative against coronary disease and some forms of cancer. The chemical components thought to be responsible are catechins, also known as flavonoids and related to tannins . Catechins are believed to function as anti-oxidants, preventing molecules known as “free-radicals” from doing cellular damage. One particular form of flavonoid, called oligomeric procyanidin, recently proved to prevent hardening of the arteries.
A Harvard study of factors that influence aging, as reported in the May 8, 2003, issue of the journalNature, has shown that resveratrol extends the life span of yeast cells by 80%. Preliminary results of tests on multi cellular animals are said to be encouraging; study coauthor David Sinclair told Reuters News Agency that “Not many people know about it yet, but those who do have almost invariably changed their drinking habits, that is, they drink more red wine.”