Drinking a beer is good for your gut and better for you than trendy health drinks, scientists claim.
Beneficial bacteria in your brew have a positive effect on the gut and boost the body’s immune system, Boffins say.
They posit that beer is arguably healthier than trendy “good for the gut” fermented drinks like probiotic drinks and yogurt.
And British pub-goers can benefit by enjoying our signature Real Ales – served fresh and unpasteurised in British pubs.
Beer is rich in an antioxidant compound called polyphenols.
Combined with the fiber content of your real ale, it shows “the potential to promote the development of a healthy gut through probiotic mechanisms.”
According to the study by China’s Dalian Medical University, “When beer is consumed in moderation, the phenols and other nutrients it contains are broken down.” . It exerts a range of anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and immunomodulatory effects.”
It joins a growing body of scientific work in recent years by researchers from Belgium, Portugal, Romania and Spain who have championed the health benefits of beer.
Previous studies have found that “beer bioactives” could help prevent conditions like heart disease and improve circulation and immune function.