February 9th, 2011
Guys, I already told you that beer might be good for your health because it contains flavonoid like Xanthohumol. Now I am just writing a brief post about alcohol and bones.
Several studies point the fact that beer is good for the bone mineral density in men and at least postmenauposal women. In fact not only beer but also wine seems to be good for the bone.
When I say alcohol could be good, you have to keep in mind that it is MODERATE alcohol consumption! Of course heavy alcohol drinking is bad for health and also bad for bones!
Scientists don’t really know why this moderate consumption of beer and wine are good for bones. At least three components are possible involved:
- Silicone. Beer contains the major source of dietary silicon and silicon itself seems somehow act on bone formation.
- Ethanol could also have this protective propriety by acting itself on suppression of bone resorption or by acting on oestrogen concentration.
- Estrogenic resveratrol contains in wine could have a protective effect against bone loss.
In conclusion something is good for bones mostly in beer and also wine but not in liquor. So a moderation consumption of beer could be good for health, yes moderation. Anyway more studies are needed to understand how beer has these protective proprieties.
Macdonald HM (2009). Alcohol and recommendations for bone health: should we still exercise caution? The American journal of clinical nutrition, 89 (4), 999-1000 PMID: 19244377
Wosje KS, & Kalkwarf HJ (2007). Bone density in relation to alcohol intake among men and women in the United States. Osteoporosis international : a journal established as result of cooperation between the European Foundation for Osteoporosis and the National Osteoporosis Foundation of the USA, 18 (3), 391-400 PMID: 17091218
Tucker, K., Jugdaohsingh, R., Powell, J., Qiao, N., Hannan, M., Sripanyakorn, S., Cupples, L., & Kiel, D. (2009). Effects of beer, wine, and liquor intakes on bone mineral density in older men and women American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 89 (4), 1188-1196 DOI: 10.3945/ajcn.2008.26765