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Raise a glass to the health benefits of beer

Raise a glass to the health benefits of beer

Like a pint? We've got some information you will definitely want to know.

You may not remember the "good old days" when a pint of stout was offered to you after you'd given blood. "Restorative" and full of iron, beer was considered quite the pick me up. 

Everything in moderation

Granted, you’re unlikely to be given a can of booze to boost your iron count now, but there are still some good arguments as to why beer can really be good for your health...in moderation, of course, and paired with a healthy lifestyle.

The rule of thumb is that a binge at the weekend never counts as a “healthy” way to drink. And actually what counts as moderation is a 12-ounce beer a day for women and two for men. 20 ounces is a pint, so we're not talking a lot here.

Heart Healthy

Like red wine, beer contains ethanol which can positively impact cholesterol, so beer lowers LDL – the bad cholesterol and can increase the HDL which is the good stuff. Beer also contains a soluble fibre which could also be a benefit to lowering the bad cholesterol.

It’s believed that beer in moderation can lower the incidence of painful gallstones, decrease the risk of Type 2 diabetes, and improved cognitive function in older adults. Some beers, particularly American ones, can be up to 90 per cent water, so can act as a pretty good post-workout hydrator as well.

Load up on Vitamin B(eer)

Beer is also a surprising source of B vitamins including folate, riboflavin, vitamin B6, niacin, pantothenic acid and B12. The more malt – the higher the B vitamin content.

With all these credentials backing up a bottle of beer, you can stop feeling quite so guilty if after a hard day at the gym you fancy supping a few cold ones in your local. It may not have quite reached health food status – but beer is a refreshing alternative to other alcohol choices – and can have a few more benefits too.

Cheers to that!

the author

Laura Briggs

Laura is a fitness writer who loves running, strength training, Pilates and Yoga. When she's got time to herself you might find her knitting, or in the kitchen trying out an elaborate recipe - healthy of course!.

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