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Beer helps reduce risk of cancer

By MST Lifestyle | Dec. 02, 2013 at 06:00pm

Antioxidants are nature’s way of protecting our cells against free radicals that cause damage and makes our body prone to diseases like cancers. But did you know that a mug of beer is rich with antioxidants? Latest scientific evidence on the benefits of moderate beer consumption points that it can reduce the risk of cancer or lessen the severity of cancers that do occur.

Your favorite beer can also be your shield against the dreaded big C and other diseases

Beer is made from malted barley and hops, which are good sources of antioxidants. The brewing process plus these raw materials contribute to beer’s content of polyphenols, which have been shown to have useful anti-carcinogen properties.

Hop is a unique ingredient of beer that contributes to the bitterness and aroma of the drink. The bitter compounds stimulate the digestive tract. Hops can also combat stress and induce sleep. Its anti-inflammatory compounds also fight bacteria and fungi. The potent antioxidant activity of hops can also protect the body against bladder complaints. These all contribute to lowering the risk of cancers.

Research at Ghent University in Belgium showed that hops in beer stop the spread of cancer from one organ to another part of the body. The findings showed that drinking beer in moderation halved the chances of having an enlarged prostate which could lead to prostate cancer. In another study in the division of Toxicology and Cancer Risk Factors at Deutsches Krebsforschungszentrum in Germany, hops have shown to prevent breast cancer.

Scientists stress that the health benefits of moderate consumption of beer should be matched with exercise, wholesome food, exercise, not smoking and keeping your weight down. But it is good to see your favorite beer in a different light—an unknowing shield to the dreaded big C and other diseases.


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