Researchers at Ecole Polytechnique Federal in Switzerland discovered that the molecule Nicotinamide Riboside (NR) that is found in Milk is also present in beer. In Milk, this molecule has been shown to help improve muscle strength, fight obesity and lengthen lifespan. Conducting experiments on mice, they discovered that the mice fed high-fat diets gained 60% less weight when also given NR supplements. The mice without the supplements also developed diabetes while very few of them on the supplements did.
So I guess that refutes the whole beer belly thing! Probably not. The researchers are unsure how much of this molecule is present in milk or beer. Chances are, if you drink enough beer, you will get nice and plump. But this is just another example of the healthy properties of drinking beer in moderation.
10. Longer Life
In a 2005 review of 50 studies, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) reported that moderate drinkers live longer. The USDA also estimates that moderate drinking prevents about 26,000 deaths a year, due to lower rates of heart disease, stroke, and diabetes.
These benefits appear to apply in other countries as well, with an earlier study reporting that, “if European beer drinkers stopped imbibing, there would be a decrease in life expectancy of two years—and much unhappiness.”
I suppose the rule of thumb is moderation, but it looks like there might be many advantages to a beer or two a day. If you needed more proof to keep drinking, now you have it.
Cheers to your health!