Beer: Properties and Benefits


The beer is one of the more ancient drinks, seems sinks its roots end in ancient Egypt. It was not the same type of beverage that we drink nowadays, above all regarding the fermentation that natural and was not controlled as it happens now.

Birra fatta in casa con il kit
Birra fatta in casa con il kit

Beyond to being one of the more ancient drinks also it is diffused.

The main ingredients of this alcoholic beverage are four: water, malt, hops and yeast. The diffused cereal more from always for the preparation of the beer luffs is it, even if, up to the present, we can find beverages to the wheat, rye, rice and maize.

It is not simply an alcoholic drink. It has important nourishing properties and not by chance is called “the liquid bread”. Generally, it contains very less ethanol than any other alcoholic drink  and for this it can be considered, to good straight, a real food.


Beer: properties and benefits


The properties of the beer reveal beginning from its composition ; the presence of vitamins, knows them mineral and potassium renders this apt drink to being integrated in a balanced alimentary diet.

It is composed from water, carbon dioxide, coming sugars, dextrins, albuminoids, substances from hops and the glycerin.  Besides the remarkable vitamin content, the relationship calcium-phosphorus is nearly optimal while the amount of present sodium is lowest. This the chemical composition of this alcoholic beverage:




Proteins 0,2 gr                               Potassium 35 mg                             Riboflamina 0,03 mg

Iron  0 mg                                      Lipids      0 gr                                   Nizona         0,90 mg

Calcium 1 mg                                 Solid fat  3,5 gr                                Vitamin A   0 mg

Phosphorus 28 mg                         Alcool 2,8 g                                      Vitamin C   1 mg

Tiamina 0 mg                                 Sodium 10 mg        

Curative Properties and Benefits of Beer

In general terms it is the so-called raw beer, or better, the typical handicraft beer, that which bring greater benefits to the human organism. The pasteurization absence concurs to maintain the organoleptic properties of the alcoholic beverage intact that, remaining integral, succeed to interact in positive way with the human organism.

According to a study lead from the National Institute for Research Purposes on the Cancer of Genoa, it would turn out that the hops plant and its inflorescences, used commonly in the process of brewing in order to confer the beer characteristic taste and aroma, contain various types of prenyl flavonoides that have shown an anti cancer activity in systems experience them of laboratory.

Between these the more abundant is the xantumolo that it is an ingredient of the hopped beer. From the made studies, it turns out that the xantumolo  is in a position to inhibiting the proliferation and vitality of human cancerous cells of mammary carcinomas, ovarian and cancer of the colon. Not only.

In this search the Xantumolo has evidenced the ability to induce the dead of leukaemic cells  for apoptosis  and to interfere with the endothelial cells inhibiting the angiogenesis, one of the phenomena that which often occurs during acute leukemia in patients.

Not all beers contain a such concentration of xantumolo. The best one is that which contains the larger amount of hops, therefore from the more bitter and equipped taste and with a dense persistent foam crown (without hops the foam would be dissolved immediately).

According to a study lead on Spanish adults, the beer, consumed with moderation, possesses a immunomodulators effect that appears more pronounced in women than men. Do not underestimate  the effects anti-oxidants of the beer: thanks to the contained polyphenols, the beer prevents the aging of the skin, acts against the free radicals and prevents therefore rebelling of cardiovascular diseases. Good properties.

Effects on the Heart

Drink some glass of beer during the meal can be of aid in order to prevent the diseases of the heart; this how much emerges from a study lead from German investigators. It seems that a moderated consumption of this beverage has an anti inflammatory effect. In particular it induces to diminish the concentration of two inflammatory proteins that increase the risk of heart problems.

These two proteins are the C-reactive protein, that exactly  promotes the inflammatory reaction, and the fibrinogen, that it contributes to the formation of coagulates. Thanks to this alcoholic beverage not only turn out diminished the levels of CRP and fibrinogen, but it increases also the concentration of HDL that represent the so-called “good cholesterol”.

Drink this alcoholic beverage every day, to moderated doses, reduces of approximately 1/4 the risks of coronary diseases. It increases of 4% “the good” cholesterol and reduces of 17% the risk of cardiovascular incidents.

Beer Does not Make you Fat

Contrary to what many say, beer does not make you fat! Indeed it is low in calories. Obviously the contribution of calories depends from the type of beer, but in general terms we can assert that for 100 g of normal beer it is attested to us on the 35 kcal., from a minimum of 28 for reading to a maximum of 60 for those strongest ones.

Between alcoholic drinks, beer is less caloric one in absolute and, and even, it introduces lower values regarding many soft drinks. In fact, as it emerges from various studies lead from British scientists, the beer does not make to fatten. Like already written previously, I hold to emphasize that this alcoholic beverage that brings greater benefits to the human organism is that raw one, therefore, being able to choose, not hesitated.

A beautiful foam hat is an index of freshness of the drink and indicator of a careful selection of ingredients. The foam preserves the beverage from a fast oxidation and renders it more digestible because lacking in all the carbon dioxide in excess.

Artisan Beer

From a few years has spread to Italy to become the fashion beer at home, at a cost of about 50-60 euros you can buy a kit for brewing at home, with results that can be considered more than enough. In parallel with this activity brewing home were born, also in Italy, several micro or premises where the beer is produced, not in large quantities and often raw, not pasteurized and so with better properties.

Pasteurisation is a process of preservation is to lead, usually by steam, the bottles of beer (in this case) at a temperature of 60 ° around for about half an hour. This process kills microorganisms, thereby avoiding unpleasant changes in the product after a certain period of time. The negative side of pasteurization is that it will also be deleted all those microorganisms that have a positive effect on our body, only to allow a longer period of beverage.

Usually attached to the micro, there are rooms where you can consume beer raw, not pasteurized and often very cheap prices, this is the reason for the success and proliferation of micro.

Diuretic Effect

Properties and benefits


Another very positive aspect of this alcoholic beverage is a diuretic effect that has on the human organism. When we drink beer our body produces more urine than usual because of the presence of minerals such as potassium and magnesium and a small amount of sodium, facilitate the acceleration of the process diuretic.

Then, this beverage, if taken in moderate quantities, it helps the natural assets of the kidneys without altering the balance of fluids and minerals in the body, which may determine the first decrease in the formation of kidney stones and then a benefit for general health.

The Hops

The hops in beer has two basic functions: 1 – gives the classic bitter taste of beer. 2 – has a natural preservative function.. There are different grades depending on the type and origin to be used depending on the style of beer that you want, but you get good results even with hops Italian.

It is used primarily as dried flowers or as oil.

The hops in beer contain the highest concentration of anti cancer molecules. These molecules have been assigned a name “xantumolo” which is the polyphenols in hops (Humulus lupulus) of beer, to have such amazing properties.

Curiosity about Beer

A survey commissioned by ASSOBIRRA showed that the consumption of this alcoholic beverage has exceeded that of wine, especially in meals away from home and during the weekend. 42% of Italians drink at the restaurant, against 39% who prefer wine.

This is a historic overtaking, which represents the fulfillment of a rush began for some years and which saw itself as the beer drink suitable for any type of meal and compatible with the concept of healthy eating.

Beer: properties and benefits

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