Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Beer for your Bones?

stout beer

I know I enjoy a good porter or stout now and then. I have heard beer is good for your bones. 

So is beer really good for your bones? 

Apparently it is!

An interesting study done in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition on pre and postmenopausal women shows that women who drank 1 or 2 beers each day had greater bone mineral density in their spines and hips than those who did not drink beer.   

Apparently, beers with high levels of malted barley contain a large amount of the mineral silicon. Silicon helps calcium and magnesium form bone. Have an ale instead of a lager. Ales have more silicon.

Sounds good to me!

There are good food sources of silicon too. 

Fruits (cherries, apples, oranges, raisins), veggies (cucumber, onion, cabbage, carrots, leafy greens, pumpkin, beets, bell peppers, soybeans), nuts, seeds and whole grains are also good sources of silicon. 

Let's Go Out for a Beer for Better Bones!

xo
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