A new study suggests that sipping pale-colored beer may benefit bone health in women. Researchers at the Department of Food Science & Technology at the University of California, Davis studied commercial beer production methods and the resulting silicon content. Beer, a rich source of dietary silicon, may help to increase bone mineral density. Dietary silicon may be important not only for the growth and development of bone tissue, but connective tissue as well.
Based on these findings, some studies suggest moderate beer consumption may help fight osteoporosis, a disease of the skeletal system characterized by low bone mass and deterioration of bone tissue. Osteoporosis affects 10 million Americans, and almost 34 million more are estimated to have low bone mass, placing them at an increased risk for osteoporosis, according to the National Osteoporosis Foundation (NOF). NOF estimates that 80% of osteoporosis sufferers are women.
Your SRxA Bloggers are thrilled to hear of the UCD researchers’ findings, and plan to partake in bone-loss preventive measures as soon as possible. Cheers!