Silicone Content In Beer Can Reduce Osteoporosis Risk, Study Finds

Not all alcohol types are bad; at least that is what a latest research suggests. As per a new study which has been carried out by a team of researchers from the University of California, Davis, moderate consumption of beer can prove to be helpful in reducing the risk of osteoporosis.

Osteoporosis is a common condition in the US with about 10.2 million adults affected by it as of 2014. This ailment occurs because of the loss of tissue or because of calcium or vitamin D deficiency. Since osteoporosis makes bones weak and fragile, fractures are not uncommon among the people who have this condition.

Now science says that entirely ditching beer, which is an alcoholic beverage, is not a good idea as one may miss out on the many health benefits it offers. Beer comes in several varieties from ale, mild ale to wheat, lager beer, and lambic. It is made using mainly barley, hops, yeast, and water.

It is believed that this drink, which is the third most popular, has anti-cancer properties and may also protect the heart. The beverage also boasts anti-aging benefits, prevents anemia, and controls diabetes. It can also prevent dementia and improve digestion along with decreasing the risk of kidney stones and gallstones.

This latest research studied how the production of beer influenced its silicon content which is present in the form of orthosilicic acid. This component develops and grows bones and connective tissues as well. This is what led researchers to believe that beer was good for bone health.

Research Regarding The Silicon Content In Barley

The scientists involved in this study, which has been published in the Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture, analyzed a bunch of raw material samples. It was found that during the malting process, the silicon content of barley remained unaltered for the most because most of the silicon was found in the husk.

Researchers involved also found that paler malts have the highest silicon content because they undergo less heat during malting. In contrast, darker malts such as black malt, had lower silicon content because of their roasting process. Moreover, hops have been found to have higher silicon markers. They have 4x more silicon than malt.

Research Regarding The Link Between Beer And Osteoporosis

For the purpose of the study, about 200,000 post-menopausal women were assessed as part of the National Osteoporosis Risk Assessment, over the course of two years. The alcohol consumption and bone mineral density of these participants were noted.

It was found that two lifestyle factors were responsible for reducing the risk of osteoporosis.  These were moderate alcohol, particularly beer, consumption and exercise. This is because the hops which are found in beer comprise of flavonoids. Researchers also found two factors that raise the risk of the bone-fracturing condition; smoking and making use of cortisone.

Key Takeaway

Looking at the high content of silicone in beer, it has been found that beer consumption in moderation can reduce the risk of osteoporosis. However, along with viewing the health benefits of beer, it is also crucial to notice the negative side effects so as to not overdo intake.