DRINK BEER, BE MERRY!
You probably already know that beer can make you happy but now we finally have the science to prove it! After examining 13,000 different components of food, German scientists discovered that hordenine, a substance found in malted barley – and therefore beer – can activate the part of your brain responsible for positive feelings. Much like the hormone dopamine, hordenine can stimulate your brain’s pleasure centre, except it’s able to sustain your happy vibes for much longer. So it seems enjoying a cold one – in moderation, of course – can seriously improve your wellbeing. Here are three more reasons to hit up happy hour this week:
1 A COLD ONE MAY PREVENT DIABETES
A study in the Netherlands found that people who drink up to 10 beers a week have a reduced risk of type 2 diabetes.
2 BEER CAN COMBAT KIDNEY STONES
According to US research, you’re 41 per cent less likely to develop kidney stones if you sip on beer instead of sugary sodas.
3 DARK ALES PROTECT YOUR VISION
Regular intake of dark beers and stouts could reduce your risk of cataracts by as much as 50 per cent, the American Chemical Society says.
Don’t forget the recommended alcohol intake: No more than two drinks a day, and two alcohol-free days a week.