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Scientists in Portugal seem to have actually discovered a positive effect that lager has on the body.

Berlin – Anyone who has always wished they could finally enjoy their daily beer in the evening with a clear conscience should read on carefully! Then scientist in Portugal actually seem to have discovered a positive effect that lager beer has on the body.

A beer in the evening is something nice – of course for purely medical purposes. (icon image) © 123RF/natalyastepowaya

The result of a small study by the researchers now in Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry published, states that a bottle of lager (0.33 liters) has positive effects on a man’s intestinal flora. It doesn’t seem to make any difference whether it’s alcohol-free or “normal” lager beer.

The microbiome in the intestine – the so-called intestinal flora – refers to the entirety of all microorganisms that live in the important organ. The greatest possible variety of bacteria in the intestine is associated with positive health consequences. Recently, the intestinal flora has played an increasingly important role in research into human health.

In the study, 22 healthy men drank a small beer a day over a period of four weeks – while half got alcohol-free, the other drank beer with an alcohol content of 5.2 percent.

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But in the end, both groups had the same result: “Drinking non-alcoholic or alcoholic beer every day for four weeks did not increase body weight and body fat mass” and did not appear to have any other negative effects on the heart or metabolism, the report said Study.

A more diverse microbiome was also found in the gut. However, the scientists have not yet been able to conclusively explain why beer has such a positive effect on the bacterial diversity in the intestine.

The bottom line is that for many, only one thing will count anyway: beer has a positive health effect! You don’t have to tell anyone that the alcohol-free counterpart would have exactly the same effect…

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