especially pale ale strengthens your bones and could stop them becoming
brittle, a study suggests.
found that the drink contained a substance that boosts bones and
could mean they are less likely to suffer from osteoporosis.
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.
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.
in brewing that influence silicon levels in beer have not been extensively
studied", said Dr Charles Bamforth, lead author at the University
that lighter beers with a greater use of hops had the most silicon.
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.
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.