Enjoy!  Beer is good for the intestinal flora in men

Beer, a fermented extract of malted barley grains, is the world’s most consumed alcoholic beverage and has some superfood qualities. I think you know what I’m talking about. According to studies, drinking low to moderate amounts of beer protects against cardiovascular disease in a similar way to wine. It also has a beneficial effect on intestinal life.

Fermented foods are healthy mainly because of the lactic acid bacteria. They create a slightly acidic environment in the gut, killing unwanted bacteria.

Before the joy gets too big: At the same time, we know about the harmful effects of alcohol. At this point it should be mentioned: More than sixty diseases have been proven to be linked to regularly increased alcohol consumption. The main thing that counts for the body is the amount of pure alcohol that is fed to it. It doesn’t matter whether it’s beer or schnapps.

Alcohol free or not?

Therefore, a Portuguese study led by Cláudia Marques from the NOVA Medical School looked at the difference between alcoholic and non-alcoholic beer (from which the ethanol content was removed after fermentation) in terms of their health-promoting effects.

22 healthy men were recruited for the small pilot study. Half of the subjects drank a 0.33-liter bottle of 5.2% alcohol lager beer every day after dinner for four weeks. The subjects of the other group received the small bottle of non-alcoholic lager beer for the same period of time.

Before and after the four-week beer consumption, the test persons’ intestinal flora was examined and important health parameters such as the body mass index (BMI) or so-called serum markers for heart health were determined.

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