Beer Boosts Bones and Fends Off Osteoporosis

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Drinking beer
especially pale ale strengthens your bones and could stop them becoming
brittle, a study suggests.

Researchers
found that the drink contained a substance that boosts bones and
could mean they are less likely to suffer from osteoporosis.

They discovered
that beer, especially pale ales, contains high levels of silicon
known to slow down the bone thinning that leads to fractures and
boosting the formation of new bone.

The finding,
published in the Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture,
backs up previous research which also showed that the drink was
good at fending off brittle bones – especially in women.

"The factors
in brewing that influence silicon levels in beer have not been extensively
studied", said Dr Charles Bamforth, lead author at the University
of California.

They found
that lighter beers with a greater use of hops had the most silicon.

Silicon is
present in beer in the soluble form of orthosilicic acid (OSA),
up to half of which can be absorbed by the body making beer a major
contributor to silicon intake in the Western diet.

Based on these
findings, some studies suggest moderate beer consumption may help
fight osteoporosis, a disease of the skeletal system characterised
by low bone mass and deterioration of bone tissue.

The researchers
found that the extra heat used in malting darker beers tended to
destroy some of the silicon. Beers with more hops naturally had
more silicon they found.

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February
9, 2010

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