Thursday, February 11, 2010

Drink Beer for Stronger Bones

Source: HealthDay (Summary By NIM)

The jury is still out on whether or not alcohol in moderation is good for you. For the most part, a drink a day seems to be good for your health, but perhaps not for everyone. Nonetheless, a new study suggests that beer specifically might be beneficial for a whole other reason - it is a rich source of silicon.

Silicon is a contributing factor in bone mineral density, and is essential for proper bone, ligament and cartilage formation. According to one of the researches,
"Beers containing high levels of malted barley and hops are richest in silicon," - adding "Wheat contains less silicon than barley because it is the husk of the barley that is rich in this element. While most of the silicon remains in the husk during brewing, significant quantities of silicon nonetheless are extracted into wort, and much of this survives into beer."

As we age, our levels of silicon tend to decrease, potentially contributing to fragile bones and heart disease. Some studies have shown that increasing dietary silicon is beneficial in increasing bone mineral density and healing fractures, so why not raise a pint to your health?

Find out more about this study in the article called "
Beer for the Bones?"at Medline Plus (Feb. 8, 2010).