Real ale is good for you (Part 2)

Following on from our last post, here at the five Lamps in Derby, we have been doing a bit more research into the benefits real ale can have on regular drinkers. Once more, before we get into the post, we do emphasise these benefits have been based on moderate drinkers of our finest brews.

Anyway, our last post signed off highlighting that real ale contains plenty of vitamins and minerals. This is true, but did you also know that real ale also contains a rich source of potassium and loads of B vitamins?

No, well again, it does. In fact, B vitamins are known to protect against a host of risks including heart disease, stroke, Alzheimer’s (again before one too many has been drunk!), along with a number of cancers. Additionally, Vitamin B12 is recognised as playing a key role in aiding the normal functioning of the brain and nervous system. It has been found and widely claimed that beer or real ale drinkers tend to have around 30% more vitamin B6 in their blood than non-beer drinkers, along with twice as much as those who drink red wine.

Additionally, real ale is noted as containing high levels of antioxidants, serving to raise levels of ferulic acid in the blood, which is believed to also aid in the fight against diabetes, heart disease and a number of cancers and Alzheimer’s.  Medical research has also identified a beer as being a rich source of soluble fibre, which can help keep the digestive system in check.

Strangely enough, real ale also tends to be fat free, whilst containing a number of complex carbohydrates, with real ale commonly being referred to as ‘liquid bread’. A further health benefit pertains to the kidneys, with moderate drinkers of real ale being 40% less likely to develop kidney stones, according to medical research.

All this points to the fact that your favourite tipple not only has the ability to assist in helping you to create an enhanced state of wellbeing, but can also help you to create a more healthy balance within your actual body!

On that note, we will continue with our third and final instalment of the benefits real ale can have on you in our next post. Until then, drink real ale in moderation, on a regular basis and we look forward to seeing you in the Five Lamps in Derby soon.

This entry was posted on October 30, 2015