Beer found effective against osteoporosis

Researchers from the University of California, Davis, have come up with some good news for you. According to their research, beer can be helpful in preventing osteoporosis. They have found that beer is a rich source of dietary silicon in general. Thus, it can be potentially helpful in maintaining bone health among individuals. The study was published in the Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture.

It is undoubtedly clear that drinking too much of alcohol is bad for your health. However, the picture has another side too. If you entirely avoid it, you might miss out on some potential health benefits by the cocktail.

Osteoporosis is characterized by the deterioration of bone tissue and low bone mass. The usual injuries during the condition are wrist fracture and hip fracture.

The research team intended to study the impact of the various methods of beer production on its resulting silicon content. They have found that beer contains silicon in significant concentration. It is present in a soluble form known as orthosilicic acid. Orthosilicic acid boasts the high bioavailability around 50 percent. This makes beer a major contributor to the silicon intake of the Western diet.

Soluble orthosilicic acid contributes to the development and growth of bones and connective tissue. Thus, the researchers conclude that moderate beer consumption could help to fight osteoporosis.

The researchers of the study looked at a range of raw material samples. They discovered that the silicon content of barley does not change much during the malting process. This was because most of it resides in the husk. Nevertheless, they found that the paler malts, which undergo less heat stress during malting, boast the highest silicon content. Darker products like roasted barley, black malt and chocolate use significant roasting. Consequently, they have far lower silicon contents than other malts.

What did the researchers find?

Hops are found to have very high levels of silicon. They may comprise of four times the amount of silicon found in malt. Moreover, it must be noted that hops are used in smaller quantities than grain. Thus, the researchers believe that highly hopped beers would therefore contain higher levels of silicon.

Around 200,000 post-menopausal women were observed, during the National Osteoporosis Risk Assessment, over the course of two years. The researchers kept tabs on their alcohol consumption and bone mineral density scores. These scores were based on the peripheral bone densitometry on the participants’ finger, forearm or heel.

The researchers revealed two lifestyle factors for reducing the risk of osteoporosis. These factors included,

  1. Exercise
  2. Moderate alcohol consumption, especially beer

This is because the hops in the beer contain flavonoids that are natural hormone balancers. The researchers also found two factors that can raise the risk of osteoporosis. And they are smoking and using cortisone.


In order to make the most of the health benefits from alcohol, make sure not to overdo it. Note that drinking more than a third of a pint of beer per day can reduce your cognitive function. One must also need to consider the potential damage of excessive drinking on the liver and other necessary organs. If you enjoy drinking beer or wine, be sure to stay on top of the latest research to ensure you’re consuming it in a healthy way.

Areeba Hussain

Areeba is an independent medical and healthcare writer. For the last three years, she is writing for Tophealthjournal. Her prime areas of interest are diseases, medicine, treatments, and alternative therapies. Twitter @Areeba94789300

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