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Beer Is Good For Bones

Beer Is Good For Bones

New study finds beer is high is dietary silicon…

Research has already shown that beer contains cancer-fighting properties, but if that wasn’t reason enough to crack open a can with your next evening meal, consider this – a new research suggests that beer contains significant amounts of dietary silicon, a nutrient responsible for increasing bone mineral density.

Although scientist have long been aware of the high levels of silicon present in the barley and hops used to produce, exactly how much silicon survived the brewing process has always been a mystery, until now.

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Beer Is Good For Your Bones

The new study, conducted by Researchers from the Department of Food Science Technology at the University of California, Davis, found that not only is beer a rich source of dietary silicon, it is actually one of the main sources of the nutrient in the Western diet.

Beers that used the most barley and hops in the brewing process were found to have the highest levels of silicon – wheat contains less silicon.

According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), dietary silicon is vital for the growth and development of bone and connective tissue.

Some experts now think that moderate beer consumption could help fight osteoporosis, a disease of the skeleton that causes low bone mass and bone deterioration.

Details of the study were published in the February issue of the Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture.

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