Drinking on St. Patty’s Day Might Benefit Your Health


By Mariana Riquezes

What started out as a day to celebrate an Irish saint has evolved into a celebration that spreads beyond Ireland. Countries around the world celebrate Irish culture today by holding parties and events, sporting as much green attire as possible, and feasting on distinct foods and alcohol.

In the United States, we tend to go all out for any type of holiday, especially one that includes alcohol. But, thanks to some recent research you might not have to feel as guilty about your beer-drinking tendencies.

At the National Meeting of the American Chemical Society, researchers will explain how an ingredient in beer could possibly fight some cancers and inflammatory diseases, according to The Telegraph.

Some brews contain acids called humulones and lupulones, and these acids can stop bacterial growth and disease. Scientists are attempting to discover a way to produce these acids in a lab in hopes of using them for cancer-treating pharmaceuticals.  

Not only did researchers find that these acids could be used to help aid with cancer, but they could also help and prevent several other health-related issues.

The article mentions how drinking beer can:

  • Reduce the risk of kidney stones
  • Protect you from heart attacks
  • Decrease the risk of strokes
  • Strengthen your bones
  • Lower the chance of diabetes
  • Decrease the risk of Alzheimer’s
  • Help with Insomnia
  • Stop cataracts

Even though research has suggested that certain lagers can benefit your health, you shouldn’t go off and try and finish five pitchers of green beer at the nearest bar by yourself. These health benefits can be achieved through drinking in moderation.  

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