We’ve all heard about the health benefits in such food and drink as dark chocolate and red wine, but did you know there are studies that show dark beers may also possess health benefits? Interestingly enough, there are qualities and components to dark beers that, if consumed in moderation, may actually be good for you! Who knew!
Dark beers contain high amounts of B Vitamins such as vitamins B6 and B12, niacin, and riboflavin that have a number of proven health benefits. For example, Vitamin B6 is known to prevent the buildup of amino acids that can ultimately lead to heart and vascular diseases.
A key health benefit to drinking dark beers over pale beers is the level of iron that they contain. Dark beers contain high levels of iron. It is estimated that only 65-70 percent of American are able to meet their daily recommended intake of iron per day, and women tend to be at a higher risk for iron deficiency than men. Iron helps to carry oxygen throughout the body to the muscles and other organs. It is an essential mineral and an iron deficiency can lead to tiredness and irritability, as well as other more serious complications.
For those who love a good, hoppy beer, you’re in luck. Dark beers are rich in flavonoids such as Xanthohumol, a compound found in hops. Xanthohumol is known for its antioxidant properties that have a number of health benefits. For example, it prevents overactive testosterone and estrogen which can help protect against certain types of cancers. It is also believed that these antioxidant properties may also help to protect the brain against such diseases as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.
Lastly, dark beers have higher amounts of fiber than pale beers. While fiber has a number of digestive benefits, it can also help to reduce cholesterol, which ultimately can help improve heart health and reduce the risk of heart disease.
While there may be a number of health benefits to drinking dark beers, it is important to keep in mind that over drinking is not healthy and can have serious risks; always drink in moderation! With that in mind, join us at The Address Brewery and check out our selection of dark craft beers!