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Can drinking beer do a body good?

Research shows alcohol can aid bone health

Forget milk. New research shows alcohol is good for your bones.

Scientists at Tufts University found that moderate drinking seems to prevent loss of bone mineral density (BMD) associated with aging. Bone loss can lead to osteoporosis, which can lead to increased risk of fractures and injury.

The researchers think silicon in beer might be the reason they found stronger bones in men who drink one to two beers or the equivalent in alcohol every day.

Beer has even more health benefits. It increases good cholesterol, helps you sleep better, and can even be used—occasionally—as a post-workout recovery drink because of its potassium, carbohydrates, B vitamins, and water content.

But take it easy, guys—unfortunately in order for beer to be good for you, you can’t overindulge.  Drink moderately, which means no more than two drinks a day—otherwise alcohol will have the opposite effect on your health.

Go ahead and have that beer with dinner, but to prevent a belly and weight-gain-related health issues like diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart disease, keep the quantity down. And remember: One beer has around 120 calories, so you’ll have to work that off.

Exercise for 30 minutes a day and eat a sensible diet, and you can enjoy the beer—without the gut.

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