Cheers to Your Health This National Beer Day
April 6, 1933, saw the end of prohibition in the United States and people were able to enjoy their first legal brew in 13 years. Ever since, April 6 has been known as New Beer’s Eve, followed by National Beer Day on April 7. Though prohibition in Canada ended years earlier, we’ll take any chance we can to enjoy a pint!
We don’t need convincing to enjoy a cold beverage, but studies show that moderate* beer consumption may be beneficial to your health! We’ve listed three beer facts to inspire you to cheers to good health over these two days of beer festivities:
1. Beer Has A Higher Nutritional Value Compared to Wine
Beer has as many antioxidants as wine but is higher in protein and Vitamin B. Not to mention, beer contains iron, calcium, phosphates and even fiber! We recommend sipping on Northern Maverick Brewing Co.’s Oatmeal Stout, with aromas of chocolate, coffee and roasted malt; the antioxidants found in stouts and ales help prevent cataract causing mitochondrial damage later in life.
2. Beer May Help Improve Memory
The flavonoid Xanthohumol, found in hops, helps slow down the degradation process of memory. Though research is still in early stages, the chemical could help protect brain cells from oxidative damage associated with dementia. For the novice beer drinker interested in reaping the health benefits of beer, try Northern Maverick Brewing Co.’s Hefeweizen; pale gold in colour, this brew has a full body and smooth finish.
3. Beer Helps Prevent Kidney Stones
According to a study published by the Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology, those who reported drinking moderate* amounts of beer reduced their risk of developing a kidney stone by 41%. Beers that contain a lot of hops — for example, pale ales like Northern Maverick Brewing Co.’s Enforcer IPA — are rich in kidney health-promoting chemicals.
With these health benefits in mind, there’s no reason to feel guilty about indulging in a pint this New Beer’s Eve and National Beer Day, or any day of the year!
*Moderate drinking = 1 drink/day for women and 2 drinks/day for men