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Beer for your bones

Beer for your bones

Drink up, gals——and make sure you take full advantage of Ladies’ Night: Women who enjoy their beer are not only more fun... they’re healthier too.

The benefits of steady-but-moderate alcohol consumption are beyond dispute for men and women alike (and if anyone tells you otherwise, thank them for their input, end the conversation there, and pour yourself another drink).

But a new study shows how a good brew can also help build your bones and lower your risk for osteoporosis——thanks to a fantastic trace element called silicon.

I’ve been toasting the praises of beer for years... I’ve even told you about those high silicon levels before. But the latest research shows which brews are best——and how much of a benefit you’ll get from each.

Researchers bought 100 types of the golden elixir for lab analysis. They found that India pale ales——better known as IPAs——had the most silicon, with 41.2 milligrams per liter. That’s slightly more than two U.S. pint glasses (or what I call a good start to an evening!).

When you consider that many people get 20 milligrams of silicon per day——or less——you can see how quickly beer will boost your levels. What’s more, the silicon in beer is easily absorbed and used by your body.

Other beers are also packed with silicon——although none quite hit those IPA levels. Pale ales had 36.5 mg/L, ales had 32.8 mg/L, and lagers averaged 23.7 mg/L.

Gents, when you buy the lady a drink, be sure to help yourself to one as well. It’s not just polite... you’re also at risk for osteoporosis, whether you’re aware of it or not.

Bottom’s up!

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